We know that you never wanted to be in the situation you are facing now. Being charged with a felony can be scary, leaving you wondering what your options are. A felony charge can mean you are facing serious prison time, major fines, and a criminal record that will never disappear.
Felony charges can completely alter your life.
At the SMA Law Group, we want to help make sure you are treated fairly. When you need an Indiana County felony charges attorney, we will work build a strong defense on your behalf so we can get you back to living your life.
Felony Charges Are Serious
When we discuss felony convictions in Pennsylvania, we need to stress that these should not be taken lightly. Today, we want to review the possible levels of charges as well as the penalties. We are going to separate out homicide charges from other felonies because they have a different set of penalties.
First-Degree Felony: 10 to 20 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
- Examples include rape, arson, kidnapping, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Second-Degree Felony: 5 to 10 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.
- Examples include sexual assault, burglary, indecent assault, and aggravated assault.
Third-Degree Felony: 3.5 to 7 years in prison and fines up to $15,000.
- Examples include terroristic threats, theft of property valued at more than $2,000, and possession of child pornography.
Nearly all non-homicide felony charges will fall into one of these three categories. Which level a person faces depends on what the circumstances of the crime.
Murder Charges Are Different
First-Degree Murder is the most serious criminal statute in Pennsylvania. This charge is assigned when it is believed that a homicide is done intentionally with deliberate premeditated planning.
- Possible penalties for this crime include life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
Second-Degree Murder charges are assigned when a person is an accomplice to the person who commits the murder.
- This is punishable by life in prison with no parole.
Third-Degree Murder charges are assigned for all murder charges that do not meet the above two thresholds. This charge is often applied when a person kills someone with a weapon when they did not have the intention of actually killing them.
- This is punishable with a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years.
When You Need Help
If you or someone you love is facing felony charges in Indiana County, please consider seeking legal assistance as soon as possible. The consequences of a guilty verdict are lifelong and severe. You need an attorney who will:
- Listen to your side of the story
- Investigate your entire case
- Look into each individual charge
- Analyze all of the evidence against you
- Build a defense around you to get your charges reduced or dismissed