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Felonies in St. Louis

Felonies are serious crimes that are punishable by more than one year in prison. St. Louis follows the Missouri state law which categorizes felonies committed after January 1, 2017 into six classes: 

 

Unclassified Felony

Unclassified felonies, along with class A felonies, are the most serious felonies and can have the maximum penalty of death or life in prison as its longest possible sentence. The minimum prison sentence for these felonies varies based on the specific crime. Obviously, this category of felonies includes some of the most serious crimes including first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

Class A Felony

Class A felonies, along with unclassified felonies, are the most serious felonies and can have the maximum penalty of death or life in prison as its longest possible sentence. Imprisonments for this felony also include prison sentences anywhere between ten years and thirty years in a state prison. This category of felonies includes some of the most serious crimes including first and second-degree murder, some first-degree assaults, some first-degree domestic assaults, some first-degree kidnapping, child kidnapping, some abuse or neglect of a child, some first degree endangering the welfare of a child, some first-degree arson, robbery first-degree, some unlawful use of weapons, some driving while intoxicated and driving with excessive blood alcohol content, and some drug crimes.     

Class B Felony

Class B felonies have the possible punishment range of five years to fifteen years in prison. These felonies include voluntary manslaughter, some first-degree assaults, some second-degree assaults, some first-degree domestic assaults, some first-degree kidnapping, some parental kidnapping, some abuse or neglect of a child, some first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, some first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery, some unlawful use of weapons, some driving while intoxicated and driving with excessive blood alcohol content, and some drug crimes.      

Class C Felony 

Class C felonies are punishable by imprisonment from three to ten years with or without a fine of up to $10,000. These felonies include involuntary manslaughter, some second-degree assaults, some first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, some first-degree sexual abuse, some driving while intoxicated, and driving with excessive blood alcohol content.

Class D Felony

Class D felonies are punishable by up to seven years in prison or one year in jail. The court can also impose a fine up to $10,000. These felonies include some second-degree assaults, some third-degree assaults, second-degree domestic assault, second-degree kidnapping, some parental kidnapping, some first-degree stalking, some abuse or neglect of a child, some first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, first-degree tampering, some second-degree arson, second-degree burglary, second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, some driving while intoxicated and driving with excessive blood alcohol content, possession of a controlled substance, and manufacture of a controlled substance.

Class E Felony

Class E felonies are punishable by up to four years in prison or one year in jail.  The court can also impose a fine up to $10,000. These felonies include some third-degree assaults, third-degree domestic assault, some fourth-degree domestic assault, first-degree harassment, some second-degree harassment, some third-degree kidnapping, some interference with custody, some parental kidnapping, child abduction, some first-degree stalking, some second-degree stalking, some criminal nonsupport, some second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, some first-degree property damage, some fraudulent use of a credit or debit device, some animal abuse, some driving while intoxicated and driving with excessive blood alcohol content, manufacture of a controlled substance, and some passing a bad check.

 

In addition to the ranges of punishment, some felonies have mandatory time that must be served before probation and parole can occur. Note that the above examples of each class are but a small sampling of the charges under each category.

Imprisonment and fines are not the only factors the criminal defense attorneys at the Zolman Law Firm consider when working your case. Never forget, a felony conviction becomes a part of your permanent criminal record and can have additional collateral consequences. It follows you the rest of your life. Being a convicted felon could hurt you when you are looking for a job and applying to rent an apartment. Convicted felons can lose the ability to carry firearms, the right to vote, and the ability to obtain certain professional licenses. 

An experienced criminal attorney can make all the difference in your outcome. To begin with, they can determine whether you have any grounds for dismissal of the charges against you; they can explore and advocate with the prosecuting attorney for a plea deal; and if necessary, they can advocate for you in trial. An experienced criminal attorney can help you carefully weigh your options and can help fight for the best outcome for your situation.

 

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*Please note crimes committed in St. Louis prior to January 1, 2017 fall into different classes with different punishment ranges. The criminal defense attorneys at Zolman Law Firm can assist in explaining what laws and ranges of punishments apply to your situation.