A felony charge can derail your life. Even first-time, nonviolent offenses can threaten lengthy prison sentences and huge fines. Whether or not you committed the crime, you are entitled to due process. The best way to protect your rights and get the best outcome for your individual situation is to hire a skilled Mesa criminal defense attorney with experience successfully defending people charged with felonies. At Grand Canyon Law Group, our Mesa felony lawyers understand the complex criminal court system and we can guide you through the process with compassion.
If you were arrested, you may not know whether you will face a felony or misdemeanor until the prosecutor files formal charges. Arizona divides felonies into three broad types: dangerous crimes, non-dangerous crimes, and dangerous crimes against children.
The most commonly charged felony crimes and their respective categories include:
Felony penalties vary widely depending on the crime but always involve a potential penalty of at least one year in jail. Arizona law divides felonies into six classes based on the severity of the underlying crime.
First- and second-degree murder are Class 1 felonies, while Class 6 felonies are generally nonviolent, non-dangerous crimes. Arizona law sets presumptive sentences for most felonies, which usually lie somewhere between the statutorily prescribed minimum and maximum sentences.
First-time, nonviolent offenders charged with drug crimes are usually eligible for probation.
Below are the sentencing minimums and maximums for each felony class:
In addition to jail time, a felony conviction may incur other penalties, including:
An experienced Arizona criminal defense lawyer will decide on the appropriate legal strategy based on the specific circumstances of your case. A good defense might result in the reduction or dismissal of your charges, or at least persuade leniency by the judge during sentencing.
Examples of potential defenses include:
A felony conviction involves numerous potential penalties and consequences, including jail time and a loss of certain civil rights. If you are charged with a felony, you likely want the court to dismiss your charges, or at very least reduce your amount of jail time.
A skilled criminal defense attorney will protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome given the specific circumstances of your case. At Grand Canyon Law Group, we offer free consultations where you can share your story of the incident. If you decide to retain us, we will analyze your case and develop a strong legal defense.
If you were arrested and charged with a felony, contact an experienced Mesa felony lawyer immediately to determine your best course of action. When appropriate, an attorney will investigate your case, interview witnesses, and gather information to help build a strong legal defense.