What Is a Class-C Felony in Alabama?

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NOLO lists the crimes classified as Class-C felonies in Alabama as criminally negligent homicide, second-degree receiving stolen merchandise, stalking and interfering with custody rights. This list does not include all possible criminal acts in this class.

In Alabama, felonies are divided into three types: Class A, Class B and Class C. A Class-C felony is the least serious of the three and typically carries the lightest penalty. Normally, first-time offenders receive a minimum of one year and one day to a maximum of 10 years in jail, as explained by NOLO. Some crimes carry a financial penalty of as much as $15,000 or twice the amount of financial damages sustained by the victim in addition to jail time.

Although a Class-C felony usually carries a lighter penalty than more serious offenses, a number of factors influence the sentence that a convicted felon receives. For example, the mandatory sentence for a Class-C felony if the offender has one prior felony conviction is no less than two to no more than 20 years, according to NOLO. If the person has three prior felony convictions, the sentence escalates to a minimum of 15 years to a maximum of life in prison. Additionally, a Class-C felony conviction involving the use or attempted use of a firearm or any Class-C felony involving a sexual offense against a child carries a minimum prison sentence of 10 years.