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Facing a felony charge in Arizona is serious

Any person who is facing criminal charges will be informed about what types of charges he or she is facing. Criminal charges can be either misdemeanor charges or felony charges. Of these two classifications, felony charges are the more serious charges.

Defendants who are facing a felony charge should understand the seriousness of the accusations that are placed against them. The consequences of these charges vary based on the class in which the felony falls. Less serious felony charges usually carry less severe penalties than more serious felony charges.

Felony charges usually carry a possible prison sentence of at least one year. Unlike misdemeanors, which can include incarceration in a local jail, a felony incarceration is usually in a prison. Felony charges can also include a fine as a penalty if the defendant is convicted of the crime. It is possible, in some cases, for a defendant to be sentenced to only fines, fines and incarceration or only incarceration. Other sentences might also be possible depending on the circumstances of the case.

Felony charges cover a large variety of crimes, including kidnapping, robbery, rape, burglary, murder, arson, treason and terrorism, to name a few. In the past, common law felonies were the crimes that violated the community's moral standards and that still holds true in some cases today.

Anyone who is facing felony charges should make sure he or she understands the possible penalties for the charges in Arizona. Not only do you have to consider the penalties for the crime, but if you are already a convicted felon, you have to think about how your previous convictions will affect your current case.

Source: FindLaw, "Felonies," accessed Sep. 03, 2015

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