Protecting Your Rights in Hamilton and Marion Counties
Felony convictions often come with fines, time behind bars, years of probation, and other penalties. At the Law Offices of Meredith Mochel, we understand what is at stake in felony cases, which is why we provide high-caliber legal services to clients in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas.
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What Is a Felony?
In the criminal justice system, crimes can fall into two main divisions: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are usually less serious crimes like shoplifting, whereas felonies carry severe penalties and include crimes like murder.
Most felonies are punishable by at least one year in prison, but capital felonies like murder, armed robbery, and others may be punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty. In many cases, a misdemeanor is elevated to a felony based on the degree of violence, amount of illegal substances, or the value of items stolen.
For example, someone shoplifts from a local grocery store. On the way out, an employee attempts to stop the individual, but they pull out a gun and pull the trigger. In this case, the misdemeanor shoplifting charge is elevated to a felony armed robbery.
Many crimes also cross into felony territory if they were committed against a person, property, or the state.
- Crimes against the person are criminal acts committed with the intention of hurting, killing, or otherwise harming another individual. These crimes include murder, kidnapping, battery, and assault.
- Crimes against or in relation to property include arson and trespassing. Whether these crimes become felonies depends on the level of property damage.
- Crimes against the state are rarer, but in general, they include criminal acts directed at the state or federal government like treason.
Sexual offenses like rape, assault, prostitution, and exploitation are also a further division of crimes. These criminal acts often become felonies if they include obscene acts with a minor.
What to Do if You Have Been Charged with a Felony
If you are charged with a felony offense, you may feel pressure to defend yourself during an arrest or police questioning. However, it is vital that you avoid self-incrimination. Admitting guilt when you are arrested can cement the likelihood of jail time and rob you of the opportunity to build a strong defense.
The best thing you can do if you are arrested for a felony is contact an attorney as soon as possible.
At the Law Offices of Meredith Mochel, we take a strategic and hands-on approach to law that addresses your immediate concerns and future risks. We understand how terrifying felony charges can be, so we ensure that you understand the details of your case. Our team thoroughly investigates your case in order to build a strategy custom-fit to your situation.
Schedule your free initial case consultation with our Chattanooga felony defense attorney today.
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