If you have been wrongfully accused of a felony offense it is important you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. According to the National Registry of Exonerations, 90 people were released from prison in 2013 after being wrongfully imprisoned. So far this year 31 people have been released. Being innocent of a crime does not mean that you will not be imprisoned. If you have been charged you must have a good defensive strategy to prove your innocence.
Felony convictions carry court-ordered penalties and are significantly more serious than misdemeanors. One year in prison is a minimum sentence but most felony convictions result in significantly longer prison terms including the possibility of a lifetime sentence. In addition you may be charged a fine of up to 1 million dollars. Even if your prison time is not lengthy, you will find life out of prison more difficult with a felony conviction. Your felony conviction will be apparent to any potential employer or lender making it difficult for you to be hired for a job or obtain a loan for a car or house. In addition, after a felony conviction, you will lose the right to vote which is generally considered a basic civil right.
Examples of felony offenses include:
- Domestic Violence
- Sex Crimes
- Drug Offenses
- Driving while under the influence of alcohol
- White Collar Crimes
You may assume that the crime you are being accused of is not major and therefore won’t have the consequence of significant prison time or an expensive fine. Keep in mind there may be aggravating circumstances that increase the penalty. For example, if this is not your first felony conviction you may face a longer prison term if convicted this time.
If you are accused or charged with a felony you should exercise your right to remain silent so you do not cause unintentional damage to your case. Do not discuss your situation with law enforcement officials unless you have an experienced Minnesota criminal defense attorney present.
Grostyan & Associates has successfully defended numerous felony cases. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you defend the felony charge against you.