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What is a Class 2 Felony

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A felony involves the commission of a serious crime, and being convicted of a felony offense carries severe penalties. A felony is defined as any crime that carries a maximum penalty of more than one year in state prison. By contrast, people who are incarcerated for misdemeanor offenses serve their time in county jails. Depending on the state, felonies are Classified as a Class 1 felony, Class 2 felony or Class 3 felony. Other states Classify felonies by letter with some going from Class A felonies all the way to Class I felonies.

A Class 2 felony is not as severe as Class 1 felonies, such as murder, but they still generally carry harsh sanctions. Class 2 felonies can be punished with a prison sentence of anywhere between two and 20 years. Class 2 felonies also carry a possibility of a fine not to exceed $10,000.

A wide range of crimes fall under the broad umbrella of Class 2 felonies. Bigamy, for example, is punished in some states as a Class 2 felony. More common Class 2 felonies include crimes such as aggravated assault, which is a bodily assault on other with a deadly weapon or an assault that results in serious injury. Intoxication manslaughter, the act of accidentally killing someone while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is also a Class 2 felony. Other Class 2 felonies include possession of 50-2000 pounds of marijuana, robbery, human trafficking, arson and online solicitation of a minor under 14 years of age.

In addition to the prison sentences and fines that come with felony convictions, felons also lose a variety of rights after being released from prison. Convicted felons lose the right to vote and the right to own a gun. Felonies are part of state records, so potential employers can easily learn of any convictions and the nature of a crime when making hiring decisions.

Anyone who is arrested, regardless of the crime, has the right to consult with an attorney. A good defense attorney can often negotiate a non-violent Class 2 felony down to minimal jail time, or even no time for first offenders. Any felony conviction will be a major life event, so be sure to consult an attorney.

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