Felony charges are serious criminal charges possible and should never be taken or treated lightly. This is because they are the most serious type of criminal charge an accused individual can face and carry the stiffest potential penalties and consequences. Unlike misdemeanor charges which can be punished by a year or less in jail, felony charges can carry harsh penalties of a year or greater in prison. Individuals accused of committing a felony can also face significant fines and other potential penalties and consequences.
It is important to develop a strong criminal defense strategy early on in response to felony charges. Criminal defense strategies may be based on disputing the facts as alleged by authorities, challenging witness statements or pointing out violations of the accused individual's rights committed by authorities who failed to follow procedures required to protect the rights of the accused individual.
Felony charges are the most serious type of criminal charges there is and historically were considered crimes of moral turpitude. Felonies include murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter; sex cases; kidnapping; robbery and burglary; possession of controlled substances; the possession or sale of controlled substances with the intent to distribute; felony driving under the influence charges such as felony DUI; theft, embezzlement and fraud; and identity theft.
When an accused individual if facing felony criminal charges, it is essential that they are familiar with their rights and how to enforce those rights. The criminal justice system provides important protections for accused individuals and they should always be aware of what those are.