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Felonies are classified in different categories

When you are charged with a felony, it can be either a state charge or a federal charge. Felonies are probably the most serious type of offense throughout the United States. It can affect you in a great way if you are charged. Your family may disown you, your friends are suddenly avoiding you and your co-workers don't want anything to do with you. You definitely need good legal counsel at a time like this. Someone who will aggressively fight for your rights under the law.

In many jurisdictions, felonies are in their own distinct class so that, if someone is a repeat offender of some unlawful deed, and the crime is heinous, the felony can be upgraded to a more severe punishment than if the person being charged is a first-time offender. Even if you are a repeat offender, if the crime wasn't dangerous or didn't harm someone else in the commission, you may have a lower grade of felony charged against you. If you have been charged with moral turpitude or an offense that is considered really offensive, even if you are a first-time offender, you can have an upgraded felony charge.

The crimes that will get you an upgraded charge are as follows:

-- Terrorism

-- Arson

-- Murder

-- Rape

-- Robbery

-- Burglary

-- Kidnapping

While there are other offenses that are heinous, these are the top seven.

In Kansas, the penalties are pretty stiff for felonies. You could be fined, put in prison for a long length of time if you are convicted or a combination of the two.

If you are charged with a felony, the best advice is to say nothing, be cooperative to a point and to request an attorney who can guide you through the process.

Source: FindLaw, "Felonies," accessed Dec. 30, 2015

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