We all have choices regarding the manner in which we conduct our lives. Unfortunately, at some point we all make ill-advised choices. Sometimes, our ill-advised choices may get us in trouble with the law. People commit crimes everyday and when caught, they could very well have to face the consequences of their actions. And the potential consequences of alleged actions that result in felony charges could be quite severe.
Felonies are considered the most serious types of crimes that a person can commit. Crimes such as murder, rape and robbery are all considered egregious acts, which means they will likely be classified as a felony. Like most crimes, when a person is charged with a felony, there is a chance that they will have to pay a fine or go to jail as a punishment. In some cases, they may have to do both.
The punishment associated with the crime can be harsh depending on how many offenses a person has committed over the years. For example, someone may receive three or four years for committing their first felony, but if they are found guilty of a second offense, they could face five to eight years. Since the decision may be left up to a judge and depending on how they feel about the crime committed and what they think is fair, there is really no way of knowing exactly what length of sentence or size of fine the defendant may receive.
Just because you have been accused of a crime doesn’t mean that you are guilty. If there is a chance to prove your innocence and get the charges dropped or sentence reduced, you deserve that chance. An attorney may be able to help you with your case and get the charges dismissed or ensure you have fair punishment for your crime.