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Criminal Law

Best Phoenix Criminal Defense

Felony Crimes

If you are charged with a felony, you are facing the possibility of being sentenced to prison.  Any felony charge is a very serious matter.  Even if you only get probation, you will have a felony conviction on your record and that will impact any future crime you may be charged with.

If you are charged with a felony, the law and the Court will impose deadlines for certain things to happen.  These deadlines are important.  There are many issues where, if you do not assert your rights, you waive them.

Felonies, in Arizona, are divided into classes.  Except for murder, the highest class is Class 2, and they go down to Class 6.  Each class has its own sentencing guidelines that control what sentence a judge may give you.  A lawyer who is experienced in criminal defense can explain where your charge falls in these sentencing guidelines.

Some felony offenses are eligible for probation, some are not.  Probation mostly depends on your prior record, but even some first offenses are prison-mandatory. 

If you are charged with a felony, you should consult a lawyer right away.  Even if only a short time passes, you may miss the opportunity to assert some rights you have.