There are three classifications of crime: felonies, misdemeanors and infractions. Felonies of which are the most serious of the three. Crimes considered a felony can include: aggravated assault and/or battery, arson, burglary, domestic violence, drug-related crimes, DUI, fraud, kidnapping, manslaughter, murder, rape, robbery, theft and vandalism.
A person convicted in court of a felony becomes labeled a felon. Felonies have several differences in comparison to misdemeanors, ranging from length of punishment to statute of limitations. Most states and the federal government classify felonies as crimes that carry a minimum sentence of more than one year. Additionally, a felony may be punishable by death in the case of the most serious crimes like murder.
Different classes of felonies
Typically, felonies are divided according to what is threatened: people or property.
Crimes against persons
Crimes against property
Felony degrees and example penalties
Classifications vary by state. Some states use numeric levels to represent classifications (for example: capital, life, 1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree, or class 1, 2, etc). Others use an ascending letter system (class A, B, etc.).
For example, in Washington state, there are three classes of felonies: Class A (which has a maximum penalty of life in prison and $50,000 fine); Class B (maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine); and Class C (maximum penalty is five years and $10,000 fine). Sentencing in felony cases is based on seriousness of the crime. The sentencing levels vary from Level I to XVI and are also dependent on the defendant's "offender score."
When convicted of a felony in the United States, there can be long-term issues following the serving of a jail sentence. Some examples:
DUI DUI and immigration status Immigration Immigration holds and deportation Criminal defense Felony crime Crimes against society Drug related crimes Distribution of a controlled substance Crimes against property Criminal charges for arson Criminal charges for burglary Criminal charges for theft Criminal charges for robbery Criminal charges for vandalism Fraud Crimes against persons Criminal charges for assault and battery Domestic violence and criminal charges Criminal charges for stalking Criminal charges for murder Criminal charges for manslaughter Criminal charges for kidnapping Violent crime Insurance fraud