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The significance of felony charges

Pennsylvania felony charges are important to understand because they can carry significant penalties. All criminal charges are serious, but felony charges differ from misdemeanor charges in terms of potential penalties. In general, misdemeanor charges may be punished by a year or less in jail, and felony charges may be punished by a year or greater in prison. While penalties for felony charges can be more significant, no criminal charge should be taken lightly.

Felony charges are considered the most serious and are commonly divided into classes according to their seriousness level. Felony crimes are traditionally considered to be crimes involving moral turpitude that are offensive to the community. In addition to a year or more in prison, penalties for felony charges can include fines and other potential penalties and consequences as well.

A criminal record can be a significant barrier for accused individuals related to educational, employment and housing opportunities, among other challenges. Accused individuals can face a loss of freedom and threat to their future associated with criminal charges which is why it is essential for them to be familiar with their criminal defense options. Criminal defense options apply in any circumstances when criminal charges are involved and serve as an important protection for accused individuals.

Criminal defense resources are available to help accused individuals address the charges they are facing, the potential penalties they are facing and ensure their rights are not violated by authorities or the criminal justice process. It is important that accused individuals are familiar with these rights and protections and how to develop a strong criminal defense strategy when facing any criminal charges, including felony charges.

Source: Criminal.FindLaw.com, "Felonies," accessed on Nov. 6, 2017

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