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Sentences for Felonies and Misdemeanors
If you are charged with a crime, it is important to know the level of the offense and the possible sentence. Criminal convictions can carry harsh penalties, including jail or prison time. If you are charged with a crime in Indiana, the decision on whether to enter a plea agreement or to go to trial will be largely influenced by the possible sentence. In any criminal case, it is important to develop a strategy to minimize or eliminate the possible length of jail or prison time. In negotiating plea agreements, one of the most important criteria for a defendant is reducing exposure to executed time in jail or prison.

Indiana passed a new crime bill which changes the sentences for felony offenses committed after June 30, 2014. However, for any offense committed prior to July 1, 2014, the sentences set forth below apply.

Sentences for Felonies in Indiana Committed Prior to July 1, 2014:

Class A felony: 20 to 50 years in prison
Class B felony: 6 to 20 years in prison
Class C felony: 2 to 8 years in prison
Class D felony: 6 months to 3 years in prison

Sentences for Misdemeanors in Indiana are as follows:

Class A misdemeanor: 0 to 365 days in jail
Class B misdemeanor: 0 to 180 days in jail
Class C misdemeanor: 0 to 60 days in jail

Criminal sentences in Indiana can also carry substantial fines, from up to $500.00 for a Class A misdemeanor and up to $10,000.00 for a Class A felony. In certain circumstances, judgment of conviction on a Class D felony can be entered as a Class A misdemeanor. If you are charged with a Class D felony, it is important to determine whether you are eligible to have judgment entered as a Class A misdemeanor. Eligibility for reduction of a Class D felony charge, to a Class A misdemeanor, can be a significant factor in both plea negotiations and the decision on whether to go to trial.

If you are charged with a crime in Indiana, it is important to understand the possible penalties that you are facing. An experienced Indiana criminal attorney can help you develop a strategy to seek to minimize any possible sentence. Understanding the possible consequences of a felony or misdemeanor conviction is also important in developing a plea negotiation strategy and in determining whether to go to trial.
 

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Gibson Law Office
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