A felony is a crime that is punishable from 5 years state prison or probation all the way up to life imprisonment and even the death penalty (capital).  Felonies are resolved in Circuit Court.  If you are charged with a felony and a misdemeanor and they both arise from the same incident, they will usually be consolidated and resolved together in Circuit Court.

Felonies are broken down into 5 general categories:

  1. Third degree felony – maximum of 5 years of prison / probation and a $5,000.00 fine.

  2. Second degree felony – maximum of 15 years of prison / probation and a $10,000.00 fine.

  3. First degree felony – maximum of 30 years prison / probation and a $10,000.00 fine.

  4. Life felony – maximum of life in prison and a $15,000.00 fine.

  5. Capital felony – punishable by death.

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