Q= What is a felony?
A= The most serious level for a criminal charge. Generally, a felony is any crime that is punishable by prison time greater than one (1) year and a maximum amount of a fine (usually at least up to $5,000.00). That is, any crime that you could be sentenced to more than one (1) year in prison is a felony. For example, First Degree DWI is a felony, subject up to a maximum of 7 years in prison and/or a fine of $14,000.00.
Keeping a felony off your record is critically important, as a felony conviction can result in the loss of many important civil rights, including the right to possess a firearm, the right to travel and the right to vote. In addition, a felony conviction can make employment very difficult, especially in tough economic times.
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