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What Is a Class C Felony?

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What Is a Felony?

A felony is a crime punishable by more than one year in prison. Federal and state laws classify felonies using numbers or letters. The classification determines sentencing guidelines, or how much time a person receives in prison.

What Is a Class C Felony?

Class C felony crimes vary from state-to-state. Generally, the felonious crime includes:

  • Kidnapping
  • Arson
  • Sexual assault
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Second degree murder
  • Robbery
  • Drunk driving (in some states)
  • Negligent homicide
  • Criminal tampering
  • Child custody interference
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Bribery
  • Forgery

In states using number, or level, felony classification, a Class C is a level 3 felony.

What Is the Punishment for a Class C Felony Conviction?

Punishment varies by state and federal laws and the nature of the crime committed. In some jurisdictions, an individual convicted of a Class C felony may receive a sentence of 10 to 40 years. The maximum fines vary by state and federal law. The maximum fine can be $10,000 or up to $100,000.

Crimes in Class C are less severe than crimes in Class B. However, they are more severe than a Class D felony. For example, a Class D felony conviction usually has a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. The most severe crimes are in Class A.

What Are the Consequences of a Class C Felony?

A felony conviction has serious consequences like losing the right to vote and:

  • Having a permanent criminal record
  • No longer having the right to own a deadly weapon
  • Loss of occupational license

Can I Face Civil Liability for a Class C Felony Conviction?

Yes. A criminal conviction for a Class C may make an individual liable in civil court. The victim of the felonious action may sue the defendent for money based on any:

  • Physical injuries suffered during the crime
  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Emotional trauma
  • Lost wages

Should I Talk to an Attorney?

If you are accused of a Class C felony, you have a lot of defenses available to you. Schedule an appointment with a criminal attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your possible defenses.

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Last Modified: 04-11-2018 07:43 PM PDT

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