Joplin, MO & Miami, OK Felony Charge Lawyers
Strong Defense Against Serious Criminal Accusations
Felony charges are the most serious criminal charges you can face. These charges put you at risk for more than a year of prison time. You may also be subject to heavy fines, lengthy probation periods, and other penalties, depending on the circumstances of your case. Furthermore, you will have a permanent criminal record as a convicted felon, which can impose serious restrictions on your ability to gain future employment, professional licenses in your career of choice, educational opportunities, and more. Being at risk for such penalties calls for representation from a trusted and proven criminal defender.
At Bennett & Gallon, our team of well-respected attorneys has been representing clients facing all kinds of felony charges in both Missouri and Oklahoma. We value your freedom and future as much as you do. Our strong track record of criminal defense means we know how to mount a vigorous and aggressive strategy against felony charges ranging from sexual misconduct allegations to white-collar offenses to violent crimes. We work with clients throughout Joplin, MO, Miami, OK, and surrounding areas.
Felony Charges in Oklahoma
Unlike a majority of other states, Oklahoma does not classify felonies into categories based on the nature and severity of the offense. Instead, Oklahoma provides specific penalties or a range of penalties for each crime independently. If the law does not specify a maximum sentence for a certain felony crime, it will default to the maximum of life imprisonment.
Examples of felonies and their penalties include:
- Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon carries penalties of one year in jail or a maximum of 10 years in prison
- Kidnapping is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison
- Arson carries penalties of up to 35 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000
- Child pornography possession has a maximum of 20 years in prison
- Murder carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment
Oklahoma also has an 85% law, which means those who are convicted of sex offenses or violent crimes must serve 85% of their sentence before they may be considered for parole. Even after this amount of time is served, parole may or may not be granted.
Felony Charges in Missouri
Felony charges in Missouri are categorized into five classes ranging from Class A felonies to Class E felonies.
Minimum and maximum penalties can apply to these various classes as follows:
- Class A felony: 10 to 30 years in prison or life in prison
- Class B felony: Five to 15 years in prison
- Class C felony: Three to 10 years in prison
- Class D felony: Up to seven years in prison
- Class E felony: Up to four years in prison
Examples of these felonies include:
- Class A: Murder, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, forcible rape of a child under 12
- Class B: Voluntary manslaughter and first-degree burglary
- Class C: Involuntary manslaughter in the first degree, statutory rape in the second degree, possession of a controlled substance, theft
- Class D: Fraud, resisting arrest, third-degree domestic assault
- Class E: Boating while intoxicated and criminal negligence
Get aggressive legal help at this critical time. Contact Bennett & Gallon online or at (888) 814-9045 to set up a free initial consultation with a Joplin, MO, and Miami, OK felony attorney.
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