Felony Offenses in Phoenix could result in a visit to the infamous Tent City

by Aaron Black • June 17, 2016
Felony CrimesFelony offenses cover a wide spectrum of areas. In addition to DUI’s, criminal offenses can range from murder, manslaughter, fraud, theft and possession or sale of marijuana. Felony offenses are the most serious criminal charges as they are more severe than misdemeanors and carry much harsher punishments.

Punishment for felony criminal offenses for a person with no prior felony convictions include:

  • Class 6 felony - Class 6 felony carries a maximum punishment of 2 years in prison, 3 years of supervised probation and a $150,000 fine and surcharges. Class 6 felonies can include charges such as possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest, aggravated DUI, theft and possession of marijuana.
     
  • Class 5 felony - A class 5 felony offense carries a maximum punishment of 2.5 years in prison, 3 years of supervised probation and a $150,000 fine and surcharges. Some examples of class 5 felony offenses include theft of a credit card, unlawful flight from law enforcement, criminal damage, theft and aggravated assault on a police officer.
     
  • Class 4 felony - A class 4 felony is punishable by a maximum punishment is 3.75 years in prison, 4 years of probation and a fine of $150,000 plus surcharges. Class 4 felony offenses include aggravated DUI, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of dangerous drugs, misconduct involving weapons, forgery, identity theft and burglary.
     
  • Class 3 felony - A class 3 felony offense is punishable by up to 8.75 years in prison, 5 years of probation and a $150,000 and surcharges. Examples of class 3 felony offenses include theft of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault, possession of marijuana for sale, theft, burglary, aggravated robbery and trafficking stolen property.
     
  • Class 2 felony - A class 2 felony offense is punishable by up to 12.5 years in prison, 7 years of probation and a fine of $150,000 plus surcharges. Class 2 felony offenses include possession of narcotic drugs for sale, possession of dangerous drugs for sale, manslaughter, aggravated assault, sexual assault, child prostitution, armed robbery, assisting a criminal street gang, burglary, discharging a firearm, theft and fraudulent schemes.
     
  • Class 1 felony - A class 1 felony offense is the most serious crime a person can be charged with and is reserved for murder charges only. A class 1 felony carries a minimum of 25 years to life and has a maximum penalty of the death penalty.
Also, if you have been sentenced to probation on any of the above listed offenses a judge can still sentence you up to a year in county jail. County jail in Phoenix is the infamous Tent City where you must endure the sweltering heat and meatless meals. If of course you have prior felony convictions then prison becomes mandatory.

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