Crimes Against People and Property
Though financial crimes are much more common than violent offenses, most people think of crimes against people and property when they think of “criminal charges.” Most of these crimes are classified as misdemeanors, which means they are minor. Misdemeanors usually do not result in jail time, although a judge can order an offender to spend a short time in jail if convicted of a misdemeanor. Most of these charges are settled by fines or terms of probation.
What Are the Most Common “Serious” Crimes?
The most serious types of crimes are known as felonies. Felonies typically include violent crimes that cause harm to others. However, some felonies can be non-violent crimes that simply result in a substantial financial loss. In some cases, certain misdemeanors can evolve into felonies if the accused is convicted of the same offense multiple times. The most common types of “serious” crimes include:
- Assault/Battery – When you hit or threaten another person with violence, it is typically a felony. In some cases, such as a minor verbal threat, it could be classified as a misdemeanor.
- Rape – Sexual crimes including rape are typically classified as felonies.
- Arson – If you deliberately burn down property, it is likely going to be considered a felony.
- Robbery – If you take something from someone else by force, it is considered robbery. It can be considered a felony whether or not you use a weapon to threaten or harm the victim.
- Burglary – Illegally entering a home or business is considered a felony, even if you do not steal anything of value.
- Murder – This is the most serious crime a person can face. When you take someone else’s life, it is always considered a felony. However, intent plays a big role in how a murder is actually charged. For example, if you unintentionally take someone’s life through reckless actions, like drinking and driving, it might be considered manslaughter and not felony murder.
What Do I Do If I Face A Felony Charge?
If you are facing any of the above charges, you should take the situation very seriously and call a criminal defense attorney at the Oswalt Law Group in Phoenix. A criminal defense attorney from our firm can represent you when you are accused of serious crimes. Without our help, you may face a long jail sentence, probation and heavy fines. Act now and call us today for a consultation. We will help you determine the best way to handle your criminal defense so you can minimize or avoid any serious legal consequences.