Felonies are the most serious category of crimes in criminal law, more serious than misdemeanors. Felonies often, but not always, involve violence, and the penalties for felonies are more severe, starting with at least one year in jail. In criminal law, a crime that falls between a felony and a misdemeanor in severity is sometimes called a “wobbler”. If a misdemeanor is done with aggravating factors, it can become a felony. For example, vandalism would normally be a simple misdemeanor, but if it causes a huge amount of financial damage to a building, it may become a felony. If you’ve been arrested for a crime that is a felony, you need to speak with a felony charges defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Degrees of Felonies
Felonies are categorized according to their severity in groups called degrees of felony. The most severe type of felony is a first-degree felony. This category includes kidnapping, rape, and arson in which someone is injured. A second-degree felony is the next most severe type, and it includes burglary and statutory rape. A third-degree felony is next, and includes carrying a firearm without a permit and other similar crimes. Murder is in a category by itself, as first, second- and third-degree murder. Being charged with any type of felony is a serious matter and can leave a negative mark on your criminal record for life. This can jeopardize your future in many ways, making it hard to get the job you want or even to rent or buy a home.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation With a Pennsylvania Felony Charges Defense Lawyer Today
If you’ve been charged with a felony, call to schedule a free consultation with a Pennsylvania felony charges defense lawyer today. The experienced legal experts at the Peters Law Firm are familiar with the local judicial system and will work with them to get you the best outcome for your case. We serve the cities of Scranton and Clark Summit as well as Wyoming County, Tunkhannock County, Luzerne County, Wayne County, Susquehanna County, and Lackawanna County. Visit our web page at peterslawfirmpa.com or give us a call at 570-585-0707 and let us be your legal voice today.