Misdemeanors and Felonies
The potential penalties you face if convicted are determined by the nature of the crime with which you are charged. Class A felonies can carry sentences up to 30 years in prison and $50,000 in fines. Class B felonies, up to 10 years and $20,000 in fines. Class C felonies, up to 5 years and $5,000 in fines. Class D misdemeanors, up to 1 year in jail and $2,000 in fines. Class E misdemeanors, up to 6 months in jail and $1,000 in fines.
Not all, or even most, convictions result in the maximum penalties. One way to do what you can to make sure you do not face the maximum penalty is to work with a defense attorney who knows the law, knows the system, knows your rights, and does everything possible to make sure you are well-represented when you face the judge and prosecutor.
All convictions carry consequences. Some consequences, like those for felony convictions, are more severe than others. Some states do not permit felons to vote (although Maine does), and Federal law prohibits any convicted felon from ever owning, using, or possessing firearms again. Felony convictions can have impact on job seekers, college-bound students, financial aid, and people who travel internationally.
If you are a hunter facing felony charges, you could lose your hunting rights for the rest of your life.
If you are interested in visiting Canada, a felony or OUI conviction can put a stop to those plans.
If you are a young man or woman considering a career in the Armed Services and you are facing a felony charge, your career plans are at risk.
Many people are unaware of these long-term and permanent consequences. Without a defense attorney guiding you, there are many ways to get tripped up by the legal system.