Felony Charges in Philadelphia

Speaking in broad terms, there are two different kinds of crimes that you can be accused of committing in Pennsylvania: felonies and misdemeanors. Between the two, there are several important differences to be aware of, if you have been accused of a felony in Philadelphia.

Felony Charges are More Serious

In the state of Pennsylvania, felonies are the crimes that carry more than five years in jail, if you get convicted. This makes them much more serious than misdemeanors.

The increased jail time reflects – in the eyes of the state legislature – the more severe nature of a felony-level offense. Felony-level offenses in our state include:

On the other hand, misdemeanors in Pennsylvania include:

Generally speaking, therefore, felony charges are accusations that you have committed a serious or exceptionally violent crime.

The Four Types of Felonies in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania goes further, though, and breaks down felonies into three degrees – first, second, and third – and uncategorized crimes, which carry their own unique sentencing pattern.

Third Degree Felonies

The least severe of the felony-level offenses in Pennsylvania, third-degree felonies come with up to seven years in jail and up to $15,000 in fines. Examples include:

Second-Degree Felonies

Second-degree felonies in Pennsylvania are more severe. They come with up to 10 years in jail and up to $25,000 in fines. Examples of second-degree felonies are:

  • Robbery with a non-serious injury
  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • Burglary during the night in an unoccupied building

First Degree Felonies

First degree felonies are frequently the most serious kind of felony in Pennsylvania, with convictions carrying up to 20 years in jail and fines of up to $25,000. First degree felonies include:

  • Kidnapping
  • Burglary
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Rape

Uncategorized Felonies

Finally, there are uncategorized felonies. These are often extremely heavy criminal accusations, like:

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter of a police officer

Convictions for these offenses can come with a life sentence or the death penalty – the precise penalties are outlined in the specific statutes that describe the crime.

Collateral Consequences of a Felony Conviction

The penalties that come with a felony conviction go beyond just serving jail time and paying a fine, though. The blemish on your criminal record can prevent you from doing the things that you enjoy or that you need to do at your job, like own a firearm or drive certain types of vehicles.

Defending against charges of felony-level offenses in Philadelphia, therefore, is absolutely critical to your future.

Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney Joseph D. Lento

Regardless of the degree of the felony, you need legal help to combat the charges. Joseph D. Lento is a criminal defense attorney who has helped countless people overcome serious felony-level charges and accusations. Contact him online or by phone at 215-535-5353 for the legal help that you need in this trying time.

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