Criminal activity can be the result of a necessity or a mistake. Those charged with crimes may be falsely accused, or they may have committed the crime and now feel regretful and alone in the criminal justice system. If you have been charged with a felony, you deserve to have a fair and effective criminal defense against your charges. You need a knowledgeable Hot Springs felony defense lawyer to protect your rights and your future.
The consequences of a felony conviction can extend beyond immediate criminal penalties. Besides devastating fines and years in prison, you face the potential loss of your voting rights, the loss of your firearm rights, and having an established criminal record.
At Kevin Lemley Law Partners, we have 50 years of combined experience in criminal law as defense attorneys and prosecutors. We know how overwhelming a felony charge can feel, and we want to be on your side when you feel isolated and frustrated.
Our firm has served those accused of crimes in our community, and we are proud to protect the rights and freedoms of these individuals and their families. Our team can assess your case to develop an aggressive and effective defense. We can then work to minimize or dismiss the penalties you face and find the most beneficial outcome in your criminal case.
Felony convictions carry sentences of a year to decades in state prison. They include charges such as:
Certain misdemeanor crimes can become felony charges if there are aggravating factors present.
Felony charges in Hot Springs have different penalties based on their classification. The penalties for these categories include:
There are also unclassified felonies in Arkansas, which means that the crime has its own sentencing guidelines listed under its own statute.
Beyond these immediate criminal penalties, conviction of a felony carries other penalties, including the loss of certain rights. Felony convictions also result in a criminal record, which can have significant consequences on your opportunities for the rest of your life. A criminal record can impact you in many ways, including:
It’s important to talk with a qualified attorney after being charged with a felony offense. An attorney in Hot Springs is your greatest chance of avoiding or limiting the penalties of a conviction.
The average cost of a criminal defense attorney in Arkansas is $151 an hour, but a felony defense attorney will likely have higher rates. This is because felony charges are typically more complicated and require more time to investigate and defend. Each attorney will also charge their own unique rates, depending on:
An attorney with more experience typically has a higher hourly rate, but they may be able to create a stronger defense or more quickly resolve your criminal case in a favorable manner.
A felony is a criminal charge with a penalty of 1 year or more in prison. Depending on the charge, a sentence may be up to life in prison or a death sentence. A felony prison sentence could be waived by the judge on the case, and the defendant could instead be required to serve probation and/or complete courses or service.
For repeat felony offenses, violent offenses, or severe offenses, a judge is more likely to require the defendant to serve prison time. Some felony charges have mandatory minimum sentences, meaning that a judge can’t waive the minimum prison time.
You do not go to jail for a Class A felony. Instead, you may face between 6 and 30 years in prison, depending on the specific crime you committed and the aggravating or mitigating factors surrounding the charge. Class A felony penalties also include up to $15,000 in fines. A Class felony is one of the most severe felony categories, behind Class Y felonies and felonies that result in the death penalty.
A Class C Felony includes crimes such as:
If convicted, penalties include fines of up to $10,000, along with 3 to 10 years in prison.
At Kevin Lemley Law Partners, we believe that those charged with crimes deserve second chances. Contact our team to learn how we can protect your rights against a felony charge.