A felony charge is actually an accusation levied against an individual who has purportedly committed a serious crime. Crimes or illegal acts can be subdivided into three groups, misdemeanors, felonies and petty offenses. When one is charged with a felony, it implies that he is indicted of having committed certain crimes including but not limited to the following: rape, murder, arson, manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, tax evasion, vehicular homicide, various fraud forms, treason, perjury, federal property vandalism, check fraud, obstruction of justice, kidnapping, child pornography, copyright infringement, mail tampering, threatening an official such as judge and police, grand theft or grand larceny and the sale, distribution and manufacture, or possession with aim to distribute particular types of drugs. Usually, felonies are grouped according to the crime severity. In some cases, a convicted felon may have many restrictions put on her or his rights as compared to another felon who is guilty of lesser crime.
It is important to get assistance when charged
A felony is a solemn criminal act and if charged of one, you should immediately seek the service of a professional criminal defense attorney with many years of experience. The felonies punishment are very severe and only a competent and experienced lawyer or attorney understands how the laws operates for this type of charge and will most likely help you clear your name. One can be sentenced to at least one year in a local or national prison. If you are found guilty of any capital offences including murder, rape, and robbery with violence, you could possibly receive a death sentence or life imprisonment. The laws in each state or country vary as well as the punishment.
A range of criminal acts
A felony charge normally ranges from a drug crime and burglary to murder. In countries such as United States, there are about six classes that are used to categorize most felonies. Class 1 type is the most solemn offence and is usually accompanied by a hefty fine, irrespective of what actual sentence is. Besides, when convicted, one can lose his citizenship rights. If you are not a lawful resident of the state you stand a risk of being deported.
In some countries, convicted felons are not authorized to look for employment in legal or educational fields or firearm, or vote. This will make it hard for a convicted felon to have a good job. Having an experienced attorney who has a wide knowledge about criminal law can help you especially in lowering the sentences and the fines.