Punishments For Felonies

Punishments for every felony would depend on the severity of the crime, and sometimes on the number of offenses made by the culprit. The lowest of these punishments is the state jail felony, where the convict can have the penalties of:

  1. Imprisonment between a minimum of six (6) months and a maximum of two (2) years;
  2. A jail conviction which can be probated for 5 years at most;
  3. Imprisonment in the county jail from one (1) day to 12 months.

The third penalty can only be achieved via a special authority where the law permits a county imprisonment following a felony conviction. This can be a significant thing, and the reason why most lawyers opt for this conviction because then the convict can have a big chance for parole or lower time in jail.

As for the felonies that can put a person under these punishments, most are lighter offenses. The most common are:

  1. Property theft amounting between $1,500 and $20,000;
  2. Breaking in and stealing from a building;
  3. Driving under the influence, all while there are passengers who are 15 years old and below riding in the vehicle as well;
  4. Eluding being arrested, only if it is their first time;
  5. Drug possession amounting to less than one (1) gram.

One of the great disadvantages of the state jail felony is that despite having proper conduct while being incarcerated, you will have to serve that sentence without possibility of parole. People who are sent with a state jail felony are not given a no credit for good time – they are there to complete their sentences. This can be a bit harsh, as opposed to having county jail sentence. The reason alone can be enough basis on why a criminal lawyer would prefer to have their clients get a county jail sentence rather than a state jail felony sentence.