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What are felony criminal charges?

If you are facing criminal charges, such as felony charges, you may wonder what felony charges are. In general, felony charges are the most serious criminal charges an individual can face. Felony charges can also carry harsher penalties and consequences than the penalties and consequences an accused individual may face when accused of other types of crimes. Felonies generally care a potential punishment of one year or more in prison.

Felonies are also usually divided into classes based on severity. Additionally, felonies are commonly crimes that are considered morally offensive. Felonies typically include murder, rape, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, arson, terrorism and some other types of criminal charges as well. Being charged with a felony presents a threat to the freedom and future of any individual accused of a crime.

Being accused of a crime can be frightening an overwhelming. Being charged with a felony can be even more alarming. It is important in those circumstances that individuals accused of crimes, and facing criminal charges, are familiar with their criminal defense rights. Individuals accused of crimes have important criminal defense protections and procedural rights on their side when facing criminal accusations and charges. Criminal defense options allow accused individuals to fight criminal charges they may be facing.

A strong criminal defense strategy can help reduce or eliminate criminal charges, penalties and consequences depending on the circumstances. Because each situation is unique, it is important to understand specific criminal defense options and how they can help address the facts, circumstances and charges the accused individual is facing.

Source: Criminal.findlaw.com, "Felonies," Accessed July 27, 2016

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