According to the law office of Ross G. Thomas, Class D felonies in Indiana cover crimes such as possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana or operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). Theft and criminal confinement also fall under this classification. Class D felonies are the lowest level of misdemeanor offense.Know More
Thomas also notes that the average jail time given for conviction under Class D ranges from 6 months up to 3 years. Fines levied upon conviction are up to ten thousand dollars. People with prior convictions risk being charged with Class D felonies. For example, a person being charged with their second OWI offense within 5 years will be bumped up from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class D felony. Likewise, for a drug possession charge.
In 2013, the Indiana Second Chance law, that reduces penalties for some Class D felony convictions went into effect, as noted by the official website of Indianapolis and Marion County. Under this law, the court has the discretion to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor after a number of years. People who have been convicted of non-violent crimes and have kept out of trouble can apply 8 years after their sentence is complete. People convicted of sex or violent crimes are required to wait 10 years after they complete their sentence. Speeding up the petitioning process requires the written consent of a prosecuting attorney.Learn more about Crime
According to Avvo, Class 4 felonies in Arizona include theft, possession of narcotics, possession of dangerous drugs, forgery, identity theft, weapons misconduct and driving under the influence. The Law Offices of David Cantor list computer crimes, such as tampering and possession of an unauthorized access device, as Class 4 felonies.Full Answer >
The types of crimes considered felonies include rape, arson, assault and murder, Attorneys.com says. Assault includes threatening physical harm or violence with a weapon. Battery occurs when a person inflicts physical harm on another through the use of a weapon or physical force.Full Answer >
Federal felonies include Classes A, B, C, D and E, with increasing maximum sentences based on the severity of the crimes committed. All felonies carry a maximum fine of $250,000.Full Answer >
The difference between misdemeanors and felonies are that if the law for a crime has a punishment of incarceration for longer than a year, most states define it as a felony, Nolo says. If the punishment is for one year or less, it is usually a misdemeanor.Full Answer >