Felony Crimes

Philadelphia Felony Crimes Lawyer

Like other states, Pennsylvania categorizes crimes according to their severity. Those of the most serious nature are considered felonies while less serious are misdemeanors. Felonies are then further differentiated into degrees, ranging from the third degree as the least serious to the first degree as the most serious. However, murder is distinguished by being in its own category. All categories then carry their own sentencing which is also influenced by other factors, such as the criminal history of the offender. 

If you or someone you love has been accused of a felony crime in or around greater Philadelphia, it is essential that you turn to a proven criminal defense lawyer. Your reputation, freedom, and future are at stake in such cases. At The Nenner Law Firm, you can depend on a legal professional with 35+ years of criminal law experience who has handled thousands of cases and has become one of the most prominent attorneys in the area. Mr. Nenner has been frequently recognized in media outlets as well as by such legal industry rating organizations as SuperLawyers. 

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Felony Crimes in Pennsylvania

The most serious felony crime in Pennsylvania is murder, which also includes the murder of an unborn child as well as the murder of law enforcement officers. First-degree murder is considered a capital offense which means it may be punished by the death penalty. Otherwise, first or second-degree murder is generally punishable by life in prison while third-degree murder is punishable by up to 40 years in prison. However, exceptions to this apply in certain cases, such as where the offender is under the age of 15. 

First-degree felonies carry penalties of 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. These include such crimes as:

  • Kidnapping
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
  • Aggravated arson or arson that endangers people
  • Rape
  • Theft of property valued at $500,000 or more
  • Human trafficking

Second-degree felonies are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. 

Examples of second-degree felonies can include but are not limited to:

  • Burglary
  • Sexual assault
  • Theft of property valued between $100,000 and $500,000
  • Certain white-collar crimes, such as the forgery of government documents
  • Aggravated assault

Third-degree felonies are punishable by three and one-half up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. Examples of these crimes can include but are not limited to:

  • Repeat DUI offenders
  • Repeat stalking
  • Theft of property valued between $2,000 and $100,000
  • Firing a gun into an occupied building or structure
  • Child pornography possession

Felony convictions can also create negative collateral consequences as well, such as restrictions against owning a gun, running for public office, being eligible for government benefits, securing college financial aid, being suitable for certain professions, joining the military, and even finding employment. To avoid all penalties, your best move is to engage The Nenner Law Firm to help you reach the best possible outcome. 

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