What Is a Class E Felony?
The federal government and the states classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors. Class E felonies can result in a person having to pay a fine of up to three thousand dollars or at least a year in prison if found guilty by a court of law. Most states take it a step further and classify felonies, which are more serious crimes compared to misdemeanors, into levels or classes.
Class A or level one is regarded as the most serious felonies and states that follow this classification system usually allocate a sentence range, sometimes sentence, to specific crime levels or classes. This means that if a crime is classified as a Class E felony, for instance, you would need to read a statute specifically dedicated to the penalties of Class E felonies to learn the sentencing range and sentence for that particular felony.
The following states have adopted the use of the class system and have included Class E felonies: Wisconsin, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, New York, Nevada, Michigan, and Delaware. States that use the level system including level five felonies are Virginia, South Dakota, Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, and Arizona.
What You Should Know About Class E Felony
Class E felonies are generally considered to be less serious compared to other felony classes such as A and B. They are, however, serious felonies that can hugely impact a person’s life. If you find yourself charged with a Class E felony or felonies, you should seek the services of a criminal defense attorney promptly. A qualified criminal defense attorney will assist you in understanding the laws of your particular state and help you to build a defense against the charges you are facing.
Depending on the state that you reside in, punishment for Class E felonies can range from life imprisonment to probation if you are found guilty by a court of law. Your sentence length will depend on the specific facts presented in your case by a criminal defense attorney, but it may be significantly longer than that of a misdemeanor sentence. Additionally, you may be required to pay restitution and fines to the victims of the crime you committed. It will also cause you to lose the right to vote and possess firearms. Having a felony record could also make it difficult for you to find housing or employment.
In some states, legislators are allowed to assign a sentence range or sentence to each particular crime. Since every state has its own penal code as well as its own views of how much punishment a particular felony deserves, a Class E or level five offense in one state may be considered a Class D or level four offense in other states.
If you require legal representation for a Class E felony, contact us today. We will ensure we provide you with the best and most qualified criminal defense attorney to represent you in your court case.