Felonies are typically the crimes that society has deemed the worst among all violations of the law: aggravated assault and/or battery, arson, burglary, illegal drug use/sales, theft, murder, and rape. Broadly, felonies can be categorized as either violent or non-violent (property and drug) offenses.
Some offenses, though similar in nature, may be felonies or misdemeanors depending on the circumstances. For example, the illegal manufacture, distribution or possession of controlled substances may be a felony, although possession of small amounts may be only a misdemeanor. Possession of a deadly weapon may be generally legal, but carrying the same weapon into a restricted area such as a school may be viewed as a serious offense, regardless of whether or not there is intent to use the weapon.
In Tennessee felonies are also classified according to their seriousness and punishment. The legislature determines the maximum punishment allowable for each felony class which avoids the necessity of defining specific sentences for every possible crime. A felony may be punishable by fines, with imprisonment for one or more years, or with the most severe punishment being death for first degree murder with aggravating factors. Felons also face additional consequences, such as the loss of voting rights, exclusion from certain lines of work and difficulty in finding a job in others, prohibition from obtaining certain licenses, exclusion from purchase and possession of firearms, ammunition and body armor, and ineligibility for public office. Finally, if a felon is not a U.S. citizen, that person may be subject to deportation after sentencing is complete.
This is just a brief overview of felonies. The topic is very broad and there are many crimes and even more classifications within those crimes that can be covered in this setting.
At Tull & Marshall, An Association of Attorneys we do not judge how a person finds themselves facing a felony charge. Our position is that everyone deserves competent advice and a proper defense to any charge. Guilty or not, we are here to assist you in achieving the best outcome possible. We will ensure you are fully informed of the nature and range of punishment you could receive and the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Once you have this information, it will be you your decision as to whether we seek a plea agreement or proceed to trial. In making these decisions you will need to be fully informed and we ensure you are. If you should decide to go to trial we will endeavor to put on the very best defense possible. If you or someone you care about is facing felony charges please give us a call at 615.530.5719 or by one of the other means on our Contact Us page.
Immigrants: Never plead guilty to a criminal charge without consulting an attorney. Doing so will have serious consequences on your immigration status. Call our office at 615.530.5719 for an evaluation of your case if you have been charged with any crime.
Inmigrantes: Nunca se declare culpable de un cargo criminal sin consultar a un abogado. Si esto sucede, tendrá consecuencias graves sobre su estatus migratorio. Llame a nuestra oficina al 615.530.5719 para una evaluación de su caso si usted ha sido acusado de algún delito.