Can a Felony Charge Be Reduced?

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What are 3 examples of felony crimes?

Yes, but maybe. There is more to that answer than just a ‘yes’ and that is what we’ll discuss about a felony charge in this article. First, let’s discuss what is a felony charge in Louisiana.   

Basically, a felony is a crime that is viewed by society as being severe, like arson, burglary, murder, or rape. However, there is a wide range of ways a felony charge can be punished that is seen as the punishment matches the crime. 

 A felony charge is more severe than a misdemeanor. The result in a higher fine, a longer prison sentence, and the repercussions are bigger in the society. Three examples of a felony charge in the state of Louisiana, not in any specific order,  are:

  • Sexual assault or rape
  • Armed robbery, burglary, or theft over $500
  • Kidnapping

Other examples of felony crimes in Louisiana, and again, not in any specific order, are :

  • Murder or manslaughter
  • Aggravated assault or violent crime
  • Drug crimes 
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Treason
  • Arson
  • A 3rd DWI conviction

The reality of any arrest and criminal charge is serious. Regardless what the federal charge is stated to be and whether you believe you are innocent or not, seeking legal representation should be the first thing you do. 

What is the highest felony charge?

Most states assign a felony charge to different classes/ categories and the punishment is determined by that class or  category. In Louisiana, the penalty is set for each crime independently and is spelled out in the statute that covers that specific federal charge, if the crime is considered a felony under Louisiana state law.  Punishment can be state prison incarceration for any length of time decided by the judge. 

In Louisiana, the law defines a felony charge for any crime that could result in death or imprisonment in state prison, referred to as  “at hard labor”. First Degree Murder is the highest felony charge in Louisiana. Punished by a Capital Verdict of Death or life at hard labor. 

What is the lowest class felony?

Example of the lowest felony charge in Louisiana is a conspiracy charge punished up to 30 years of hard labor (prison time) life in prison, or death. 

What happens after a felony arrest?

When you have been arrested with a felony charge, it cannot be stressed enough the importance of hiring a criminal attorney. Waiting too long can be a big mistake, the sooner you do, the better chance you’ll have for the case to go in your favor. 

The attorney will confirm the felony charges you’re facing, review the case and get started on your defense. He or she will be with you at your first hearing where the Felony charges and bail will be announced. They will make a request for the charges to be reduced and the bail lowered, then post the bond for your release. 

The attorney’s job is to work through the entire process on your behalf, keeping you advised and informed along the way. They will attend court dates with you and discuss with you how to respond to questions so that your case is seen in the best light possible. 

What happens if charged with a felony?

If you’re the victim, when the convicted felon is caught and facing a felony charge, while it is still emotional and mental issues for you, the convicted felon isn’t over it yet either. They are removed from the world they know, away from society.  

It can be easy to  write off the convicted felon off, but if they aren’t sentenced to life, then they will be out among society again one day. It won’t be easy for them. The four issues that the convicted felon will face after prison: 

  • Employment: There is a lack of viable employment for x-felons, and that is the first big hurdle they must accomplish. Without employment, they can be returned to prison if so stated in the conditions issued by the judge. Employers are slow to hire an x-felon. 
  • Housing: For a x-felon, they have had a roof and three meals a day without having to arrange it or pay for it. Now, they are out in the world again, they need to establish a residence. Again, there will be conditions established by the judge that must be met by the x-felon.  Landlords are slow to rent to an x-felon. 
  • Education: Thirty percent of 1,300 inmates have not graduated high school. Being an x-felon in an economic environment is one hurdle, without a proper education, it can further complicate things even more. 
  • Voting Rights: A huge disadvantage that may not be realized at first by a person convicted of a felony charge will lose their right to vote among other rights, like gun ownership. This may seem minor, but in time, it will come to be a regret. 
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Are felonies and misdemeanors different?

Crimes are classified as a felony or misdemeanor based on the offense. A misdemeanor isn’t as serious as a felony. The penalties for a misdemeanor aren’t as severe as felonies, usually less than one year in jail with a fine, community service, and possible probation and rehabilitation. Felonies are typical to have one year in prison as a minimum. With a misdemeanor, the aftermath when released won’t have a big of a stigma as an ex-felon faces. Call 985-446-9007 today for bail services in Lafourche Parish, LA.