What Is a Missouri Class C Felony?

As of 2014, a Class C felony is the third-most serious class of felony, which is punishable by a maximum of seven years in prison. Class C felonies include crimes such as theft, possession of a controlled substance, second-degree statutory rape and first-degree involuntary manslaughter.

In some cases, the punishment for a Class C felony may not include a prison sentence, but instead one year of jail time and a fine of up to $50,000. In addition to Missouri, there are another 21 states that also have Class C or Class 3 felonies, including Alabama, New York, Connecticut, Maine and Washington.

Missouri is set to change the sentencing standards for both felonies and misdemeanors beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. In addition to the standard Class A, B, C and D felonies, Missouri is adding a new Class E felony, which is punishable by a prison term of less than four years. The new Class C felony is punishable by a prison sentence between three and 10 years. In addition, the new Class D felony uses the sentencing terms for the original Class C felony, meaning these offenses are punishable by a period of less than seven full years in prison.