Felony Charges Missouri
A felony in Missouri is no joke. In fact, Missouri has some of the most serious and stringent felony statutes in the country. That’s bad news if you happen to be someone who has been arrested and charged with a felony. When someone is arrested for a felony they are usually in the dark as to what implications are, and how it’s going to impact their own lives. So if you’ve recently been arrested for a felony and you’re looking for answers, you’ve come to the right place. Combs Law Group is one of the most reputable criminal defense lawyers in St. Louis, MO. We have knowledge and experience you need to navigate your way through the criminal justice system. We’ve worked hundreds of felony cases in Missouri and can help you minimize the overall impact of your felony charges on your life. Call us today and we can provide you a free consultation and hopefully answer all those questions that you’re currently asking.
What is a felony?
What distinguishes a Felony from a Misdemeanor is the level of punishment outlined in the Missouri legal statutes. With a Felony charge, the law mandates that if convicted you could typically face at least 1 year in prison. Whereas a Misdemeanor will usually result in less than 1 year in county jail. So without question, a felony charge is a very serious matter and deserves the attention of a skilled criminal defense attorney.
What are the different types of felonies?
Missouri classifies felonies into five different categories:
Class A Felonies – These are the most serious type of felonies and have the most serious punishment mandates. If you’re convicted of a Class A felony you could be facing 10-30 years in prison, while fines are usually not a factor. A murder charge is typically classified as a Class A Felony, so there should always be legal representation for someone who is charged with a Class A Felony.
Class B Felonies – These Felonies are still very serious crimes and if convicted can result in 5-15 years in prison. Again, if you’ve been charged with a Class B Felony you will want to hire a criminal defense lawyer. Crimes like rape, assault first degree, and domestic assault first degree are all examples of a Class B Misdemeanor.
Class C Felonies – Class C Felonies are considered moderate to serious crimes in Missouri. The penalty guidelines for a conviction call for 3-10 years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines. For example, involuntary manslaughter is considered a Class C felony in Missouri. However, sexual abuse 1st degree is also considered a Class C Felony. So the range of criminal acts in this classification are broad and provide Prosecutors and Judges flexibility in the penalty mandates.
Class D Felonies – Class D Felonies are considered a less serious felony within the Missouri statutes. The penalty mandates call for up to 7 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. An example of a Class D Felony is resisting arrest or passing a bad check. So again the level of seriousness is much lower than that of a Class A Felony.
Class E Felonies – Class E Felonies are considered the least serious Felonies within the Missouri legal statutes. If convicted of a Class E Felony you might be facing up to 4 years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
So regardless of the type of felony you might be facing, the reality is that prison time could be likely outcome if you’re convicted. So it’s really important that you contact us today to discuss your options.
What are the Implications of a Felony Arrest & Conviction?
As you probably know by now a Felony arrest is a pretty serious problem regardless of the type of Felony. The fact is that when you get arrested for a Felony you have to spring into action to avoid a Felony conviction at all costs. Why? Well, a Felony conviction can have long-term ramifications to your life. If someone is a convicted felon in Missouri and many states across the country, they are restricted from some very important rights and liberties. The most common restrictions that felons face in Missouri include:
- Not allowed to vote in local, state, or federal elections
- Not allowed to be employed by the government including police or fire departments
- Can’t benefit from state or federal welfare programs
- Not allowed to possess a firearm, unless it’s for hunting
- Not allowed to sell alcohol or lottery tickets
And if that’s not harsh enough, a Felony conviction has long-term implications on your career. Most companies ask potential employees whether they have been convicted of a felony during the application process. And although many will say that a felony conviction doesn’t rule you out of getting a job, the reality is that most companies will look at that as a black mark on your record. If they have two candidates of equal experience and knowledge and one has a felony conviction on their record, it’s very likely they will choose the candidate who doesn’t have the conviction. Furthermore, a felony conviction stays on your record for life, so 10 years down the road you’re still having to answer questions about a crime you did 10 years ago. Needless to say, a Felony conviction is a life-altering event that most people will want to avoid at all costs. Employment background checks will typically look for felony convictions, whereas a Misdemeanor may or may not show up in a criminal background check, depending on the type of check that’s performed.
Can a Felony be removed from your record?
In Missouri, a felony can be removed from someone’s record under specific circumstances. It’s called a Felony Expungement, and a few years ago Missouri passed a new law that widened the scope of felony crimes that can be expunged from someone’s record. The new law provides some hope for those who have been convicted of a felony because if they meet all the requirements, they could possibly have the felony expunged from their record. That would mean when someone looked into their criminal background, it probably won’t be discovered. To learn more about getting your Felony expunged, check out our Felony Expungement services.
Can you get probation for a felony?
In Missouri, it’s possible to get probation for a felony conviction and it’s typically in the form of an SIS or an SES. When you’re charged with your felony, it’s possible with the help of the best criminal defense lawyer in St. Louis to work out a plea arrangement with the Prosecutor. Combs Law Group has handled dozens of cases where the best possible outcome for the client is an SIS/SES. With an SIS, or sentence in suspension, the client agrees to probation for a specific period of time. If they successfully complete the probation they will have their felony conviction will not show up on their criminal record. In many cases, we find the use of an SIS to be a very positive one for the client. Although they are still taking a felony conviction with the guilty plea, the end result is that their careers, jobs, and other negative consequences of a felony are diminished. Call us today to discuss your case and we can determine whether an SIS/SES is a viable solution to your felony case.
What felony crimes can Combs Law Group handle?
Combs Law Group handles a wide range of felony criminal charges. If you don’t see your particular crime listed on the site don’t worry. Call us or fill out the form to the right and we can discuss our services in more detail. Some of the most common felonies we handle include:
–Felony DWI – If you’ve got multiple DWI’s or if you were in an accident while drinking and driving, we’ve got you covered. Check out our main Felony DWI page for more details.
–Felony Drug Possession – If you’ve gotten caught up an arrested for heroin or cocaine possession check out our drug lawyer services.
–Felony Domestic Violence – If you’ve been arrested for having a dispute with your wife or husband, or other family members, check out our Domestic Violence lawyer services.
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