What Is a Class D Felony?


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According to Criminal Defense Lawyer.com, a class D felony is a subset of the felony category which means that it's still a serious crime, but it's not quite as serious as a class A or B felony. Federal and state governments separate crimes into major crimes, or felonies, and minor crimes, or misdemeanors. Some states use a further classification to determine the severity of its felonies.

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What Is a Class D Felony?
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The classification of felonies varies by state and will depend on the state's penal code and administration's view on the crime. What one state considers a class D felony, another state might consider a class C or a class E felony. Some examples of general class D felonies include unlawful surveillance, prohibited use of a weapon and criminal sale of a firearm with the aid of a minor. However, each state may classify these examples differently.

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