Being convicted of a crime in Indiana can have devastating consequences. For instance, defendants who are convicted may be required to spend time in jail, pay expensive fines, and comply with the terms of probation, so it is critical that those who have been accused of a crime speak with experienced Griffith criminal defense lawyers who can help them begin formulating a defense.
Criminal offenses in Indiana fall under a wide range of categories, including:
The severity of the penalties faced by those who are accused of committing these types of offenses depends on a number of factors, including the defendant’s prior criminal record and whether the crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
Under Indiana law, defendants who are accused of committing a crime can be charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor crimes, although they should still be taken seriously, are generally less serious than felonies and so often come with reduced penalties. Misdemeanor crimes are classified into three groups: Class A, Class B, and Class C.
Class A misdemeanors, such as theft, deceptive checks, and welfare fraud are the most severe type of misdemeanor offenses and are punishable by up to a year in jail and as much as $5,000 in fines. Class B misdemeanor offenses, such as public intoxication, on the other hand, are considered less serious and so carry the less severe penalty of up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Class C misdemeanors, such as trespassing and possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, are punishable by up to two months in jail and a $500 fine.
Unlike misdemeanor crimes, felony offenses, which are divided into the following six levels, are considered to be much more serious:
Fortunately, it is possible for lower level felony charges to be reduced to the less severe Class A misdemeanor, but only if certain requirements are met.
If you need help understanding your own pending criminal charges or need assistance planning your defense, please contact the dedicated Griffith criminal defense lawyers at Tanzillo Stassin & Babcock P.C. today.
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