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The Differences Between Misdemeanors and Felonies in Alabama

You are ahead of the game if you have never dealt with the legal system. But if you are facing criminal charges, understand they are categorized in one of three ways – a felony, a misdemeanor, and a violation.

That category will profoundly impact the severity of punishment. A felony means you go to prison for at least one year and face substantial fines, while a misdemeanor conviction will land you in jail and could also result in penalties.

A violation, such as a traffic offense, can result in a 30-day jail sentence instead of prison. A DWI and DUI violation can bring jail time, a hefty fine, community service, and points on your driver’s license.

Finding an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and craft your best defense is your best chance of avoiding prison time and fines and preserving your good record. Attempting to represent yourself before the court is never a good idea unless trained in the law.

Criminal defense attorney Jason Darley has represented Mobile residents for more than 20 years. Let attorney Darley handle your criminal charges so you can clear your name and move on with your life.

 

Misdemeanors and Felonies in Alabama 

A felony is a crime against people or their property. A conviction can mean not just time in prison but also the curtailing of one’s voting, constitutional, and gun ownership rights.

Local, state, or federal prosecutors prosecute felonies. They can be heard in federal or state court, the venue that brought the charges.

There are four levels of felony offenses in Alabama, they include:

Alabama Felonies:

This is the most serious category under Alabama law and includes murder and drug trafficking. A Class A felony also involves first-degree charges of rape, robbery, kidnapping, burglary, drug trafficking, domestic violence, and arson.

  • Class A Punishment is at least ten up to 99 years in prison and a fine of $100,000 or more. Murder with aggravated circumstances can bring you the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole. If a firearm was used, the sentence is a minimum of 20 years. Prior felonies will bring the most severe punishment.
  • Class B Punishment – This is punishable by a minimum of two years in prison and no more than 20 years confined with additional fines. Use of a firearm will bring a minimum of ten years. Examples of a Class B felony are manslaughter, kidnapping, rape, sodomy, assault, burglary and robbery, arson, and theft.
  • Class C Punishment – Examples of this second lowest level of a felony include stalking, custody interference, breaking and entering a car, receiving stolen property, and criminally negligent homicide. Punishment can range from one year and a day in prison up to 10 years.
  • Class D Punishment– Include in this category crimes such as possession of marijuana, theft in the third degree, credit card fraud, and possessing a controlled substance. Class D can result in a year in prison, up to five years.

A habitual offender will always receive a stiffer sentence.

Alabama Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor is less serious than a felony but more serious than a violation. You can be facing a Class A, B, or C misdemeanor. A misdemeanor conviction can impact your employment and prevent you from obtaining a professional license or working with children, the elderly, or the government.

Misdemeanors typically result in fines of up to $6,000 and jail time of up to one year. Examples of misdemeanors range from domestic violence, assault, theft, DUI for repeated offenses, cruelty to pets, and dog fighting to public lewdness and some types of trespassing. A misdemeanor can be upgraded to a felony if the offender used a weapon or someone was killed in a DUI.

 

Your Mobile, Alabama, Criminal Defense Attorney

Any criminal conviction can have a profound impact on your life. Hiring an experienced, compassionate criminal defense attorney will help preserve your constitutional rights and may mitigate the charges you are facing.

Attorney Jason Darley will thoroughly investigate your alleged crime to determine if circumstances may allow you to negotiate a felony down to a misdemeanor or enter a diversion program.

Call Attorney Jason Darley’s Mobile, Alabama office to understand your rights and help outline a strong defense strategy before the court. You only get one chance to make your case. Mr. Darley will discuss your options during an initial consultation at his Mobile office. Call (251) 441-7772 to fully understand what you are facing and your options.

 

 

The Differences Between Misdemeanors and Felonies in Alabama

Facing a misdemeanor charge in Alabama? Learn the key differences between misdemeanors and felonies and how a skilled criminal defense attorney can protect your rights. Contact Jason Darley in Mobile for expert legal help at (251) 441-7772.

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