Aggressive Defense Against Felony Charges
Felonies are the most serious types of charges in the criminal justice system. Convictions result in not only prison time, but also a slew of other consequences: hefty fines, damage to your reputation, potential loss of your driver’s license and a permanent criminal record, to name a few.
If you are facing a criminal felony charge, you need aggressive legal representation. You may have options for fighting the charges, pursuing dismissal or getting them reduced to misdemeanors.
The attorneys at the Bellwoar Kelly, LLP have significant experience fighting the prosecution in felony cases. Whether you are facing your first charge or were charged with a repeat offense, our lawyers work to build a strategic defensive approach to the alleged offense. With offices in West Chester and Pottstown, we offer convenient representation to residents in Delaware County, Chester County and beyond.
Categorizing Felony Charges
Pennsylvania categorizes most felonies into three divisions:
- First-degree felonies, such as rape or voluntary manslaughter, carry fines of up to $25,000 and possible prison time of up to 20 years.
- Second-degree felonies, including burglary and sexual assault, have a maximum prison sentence of 10 years and possible fines of up to $25,000.
- Third-degree felonies, such as terroristic threats and carrying a gun without a permit, carry fines of up to $15,000 and a prison term of up to seven years.
The courts also impose mandatory minimums for certain crimes, meaning a conviction will lead to a minimum amount of time spent behind bars. When determining a sentence, judges must also consider mitigating and aggravating factors, such as the severity of the crime and a prior pattern of misconduct.
More Than Your Liberty On The Line
Aside from the stiff punishments, a felony charge can carry lifelong ramifications. Felony charges can damage your reputation and affect your career. If convicted of a felony, you will lose your rights to vote, own a firearm and serve in a public office.