The criminal justice system divides criminal offenses into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are far more common because they often involve low-level crimes. On the other hand, felony offenses are more consequential. Our team at Suzuki Law Offices has put together a list of the most common felony offenses and their consequences.
#1: Drug Crimes
Although there have been recent changes in state laws, including Arizona, that now make some drug crimes misdemeanors, many drug crimes can lead to felony charges. Typical forms of drug crimes that can lead to felony charges include:
Manufacturing or cultivation
Distribution or intent to distribute
Possession or possession with intent to sell
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#2: Violent Crimes
Although not all violent crimes are charged as felonies, most felonies are charged due to the crime’s violent acts. Common forms of violent crimes that lead to felony charges include:
Assault with an attempt to rape, murder
Assault with a deadly weapon
ARS § 13 – 1802 mandates that a theft shall be classified as a misdemeanor unless the dollar value of what was stolen exceeds $1,000. Any theft crimes that exceed $1,000 will be charged as a felony charge.
#4: Sex Crimes
Sex crimes often lead to serious consequences, including felony charges. Common types of sex crimes that can lead to felony charges include sexual assault, child pornography, child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor, and more.
Criminal Defense Against Felony Charges
Felony charges can result in one year of prison time or many more. Regardless of the type of crime you are being accused of, having a felony charge on your record can have a lifetime impact. To protect your rights and build a solid defense, contact our team at Suzuki Law Offices. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to help you get your charges reduced or even dismissed.