It can be one of the lowest points in your life if you have been charged with a felony crime. However, it is critical to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty. You have rights under the constitution that protect you from unfair prosecution and guarantee your right to counsel. You are not at the mercy of law enforcement or prosecution. Regain control of your case by getting the help you need; contact criminal defense attorney Nathan Evershed to face your charges and put them behind you.
What is a Felony Offense?
Criminal offenses fall into one of two categories:
- Misdemeanors; and
Felonies are more serious offenses than misdemeanors. Misdemeanors carry a potential sentence of no more than 12 months in jail and often result in no jail time at all, even if you are convicted.
Felonies, on the other hand, carry potential sentences of multiple years in prison and even the remainder of your life. This does not mean, however, that you will definitely be incarcerated if you are convicted. But even if you avoid prison, you will have a felony conviction on your record—which can limit your employment opportunities, cause considerable embarrassment, and damage your reputation. In addition, felonies usually carry more onerous probation terms (in exchange for avoiding prison) and bring heavier fines.
In short, a felony can change your life forever, even if you avoid prison. Going to prison for several years can do catastrophic damage to your future. Protect your freedom by contacting a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to get a fair outcome when facing felony charges.
Common Felony Charges in Utah
Some of the offenses that are most commonly charged as felonies include the following:
If you have been charged with any of these crimes, you should seek immediate legal counsel, even if you are unsure whether it is a felony charge. Your lawyer can explain your charges and work with you to develop an aggressive legal defense.
The Potential Consequences of a Felony Conviction
As discussed above, the general rule is that felonies expose the defendant to the possibility of at least one year in prison. More specifically, felony offenses are categorized as follows:
- Third-degree felonies: Potential punishment includes up to 5 years in prison and a fine of $5,000.
- Second-degree felonies: Potential punishment includes up to 15 years in prison, with a mandatory one-year minimum and a fine of up to $10,000.
- First-degree felonies: Potential punishment includes a prison sentence from five years to life, and fines of up to $10,000.
- Capital felonies: If convicted, you will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. You may also face the death penalty.
Charged with a Felony? Call Nathan and Get the Help You Need Today
A former prosecutor for 11 years, criminal defense attorney Nathan Evershed knows what it takes to get a fair result. Let’s put your charges behind you. Contact us today via phone or email to schedule a free consultation.