The criminal defense attorneys at Gilroy Napoli Short are very experienced handling both felony and misdemeanor criminal charges. Misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable up to one year in prison. Felonies are the most serious of criminal offenses and typically involve serious physical harm to another, but can also include fraud and white collar crimes. Penalties for felonies range from a year in prison to up to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The death penalty is also an option in Oregon for the most serious of felony convictions.
In Oregon, for the purposes of sentencing, felonies are categorized as classes. A Class A felony is the most serious felony class, followed by Class B felony, and Class C Felony. The same holds true for misdemeanors where a Class A misdemeanor is more serious than a Class B, and Class misdemeanor.
If you’ve been arrested or charged with a felony, you probably want to know what the maximum penalty might be for you. Here’s a breakdown:
Felony Classes, Maximum Prison Terms, and Maximum Fines
|Max. Prison Term
Misdemeanor Classes, Maximum Jail Terms, and Maximum Fines
|Max. Jail Term
If you’ve been charged with a Class A or Class B felony, it’s serious and the State of Oregon is most likely looking to put you in prison. Moreover, in Measure 11 cases, there are mandatory prison sentences that override any judicial discretion and typically involve a very substantial prison sentence. Class C felonies can sometimes be pleaded down to a misdemeanor or probation.
Whatever your situation may be, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is paramount. The criminal lawyers at Gilroy Napoli Short have spent years in trial courts defending those charged with serious crimes and misdemeanors alike. Our criminal defense lawyers will explain the charges against you; let you know up front the realities of your particular situation; and what the best course of action to take is.