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A felony is a crime that is punishable by more than one year in prison. Certain especially severe felonies may be punishable by the death sentence.
Have you been charged with or found guilty of a crime? Find out what types of criminal sentences you could face once you have been convicted of a crime.
Judges have a lot of freedom to choose how court fines and jail time are given. But for some minor crimes, they'll usually only order you to pay a fine.
A criminal record may impact your ability to obtain a job or housing. Find out what information appears on your record and how to take action.
Expungement could help you avoid having to disclose your criminal history. However, laws on expungement vary widely from state to state.
Representing yourself in court can be risky. Learn what to expect before you try to defend yourself.
Instead of going to jail or prison, a judge may sentence a criminal defendant to court supervision, also known as probation.
A public defender provides free legal representation to people facing jail time for criminal charges if they cannot afford a private lawyer.
A plea bargain is a common way to resolve criminal cases without a trial. Before accepting, make sure you understand its terms and consequences.
State laws dictate how much time the prosecutor has to press charges for felony or misdemeanor crimes. Find out if you can still be charged in your state.
Conviction of felony or misdemeanor charges can have serious and long-term consequences. Learn what to expect and how a lawyer can help.
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