Misdemeanors vs FeloniesCriminal Law
Indiana has two types of criminal charges: misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies are defined as an offense for which the maximum penalty is at least one year. There are three levels of misdemeanors – Class C misdemeanors are punishable by between zero and sixty days in jail and a fine of up to $500; Class B Misdemeanors are punishable by between zero and one hundred and eighty days in jail and a fine of up to $1000; lastly, Class A Misdemeanors are punishable by between zero and three hundred and sixty-five days in jail and a fine of up to $5000. Examples of misdemeanor offenses include illegal consumption of alcohol, operating while intoxicated and possession of certain illegal substances.
In 2014 the Indiana legislature overhauled the criminal code. One of the results is the new classification of felony offenses. Under the new system felonies are now classified by levels One through Six, with one as the most severe. The possible penalties are as follows: Level One felonies are punishable by between twenty and forty years in prison; Level Two felonies are punishable by between ten and thirty years in prison; Level Three felonies are punishable by between three and sixteen years in prison; Level Four felonies are punishable by between two and twelve years in prison, Level Five felonies are punishable by between one and six years in prison and Level Six felonies are punishable by between six month and two and one-half years in prison. The maximum fine for any felony is $10,000.
Some offenses have additional penalties such as a driver’s license suspension or being registered on the sex offender registry. Our attorneys at Garrison Law Firm will help you understand the possible penalties for your case.
For more information regarding misdemeanors vs. felonies contact our Indianapolis Criminal Defense Lawyers here or call 317-842-8283.
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