Felony charges are criminal charges of a particularly serious nature. The penalties associated with these offenses are serious, and a conviction of a felony crime could change the course of your life. When facing these types of allegations, it is in your interests to fight back and defend yourself and your future interests.
These types of criminal charges are associated with particularly grave criminal offenses such as murder, assault and certain types of drug crimes. Typically, these crimes are punishable by at least one year in a state or federal correctional facility. As soon as you learn that you are under investigation for felony criminal activity or there are formal felony charges filed against you, you would be wise to start working on an appropriate defense strategy.
Different types of crimes and penalties
Felonies are different from other types of crimes because the penalties associated with these charges are more serious. Misdemeanor crimes are offenses that carry a potential jail sentence of less than one year. These offenses may include certain types of theft, some assault instances and more. In many cases, a conviction of a misdemeanor crime will not result in a jail sentence, but instead it may include community service and fines.
Repeat felony offenders
If you have a previous felony conviction on your criminal record, a new charge is particularly serious. Repeat offenders can face enhanced penalties because the court takes their criminal history into consideration during the sentencing stage. In some cases, a third felony conviction could result in an especially long sentence or life in prison. This is the “three strikes” principle.
Other implications of a felony crime
A felony conviction can also impact a Maryland reader’s immigration status. In some cases, this can result in the government deciding to deport a person back to his or her home country. This can happen even if an offender has a valid green card. This type of crime can also impact other areas of a person’s life, including child custody proceedings, job status and personal reputation. If charged with this type of crime, there’s more than just a potential jail sentence at stake.
Start now with your defense
If charged with this type of crime the time to act is now. You do not have to assume that a conviction or guilty plea is your only option. Your future is worth fighting for, regardless of your criminal history. You can start developing your criminal defense strategy by first seeking an assessment of your case.