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A Felony 1 charge is the most serious charge in the U.S. penal code and carries the most severe penalties. In states that classify crimes by numbers, like Arizona, a felony 1 offense carries a minimum life sentence and a maximum death sentence.

Generally, Felony 1 offenses are

  • First degree murder
  • Second degree murder

Felony 1 First Degree Murder or Capital Murder

First degree murder, including capital murder is defined as –

Causing the death of another person, including an unborn child, with premeditation and intent or committing or attempting to commit the following serious felonious offenses where during the course of or immediately following the crime a person dies –

  • Sexual conduct with a minor under 15
  • Second degree murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Molestation of a child
  • Aggravated assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Terrorism
  • Dangerous drug offenses
  • Kidnapping
  • 1st or 2nd degree burglary
  • Arson of an occupied structure
  • Robbery
  • Escape
  • Any dangerous crime against a child

Felony 1 Second Degree Murder

Second degree murder is punishable as a Felony 1 crime if the person committing the crime –

  • Intentionally causes the death of another
  • Knows his conduct will cause death or serious physical injury to another
  • Manifests an indifference to human life and engages in conduct that causes the death of another

Felony 1 Fines

Fine amounts for Felony 1 crimes are generally set by the court and usually not more than $100,000 to $150,000. If you are sentenced to life imprisonment, you will be responsible for the fine until it is paid in full.

Felony 1 Parole

Those sentenced to death or life without parole will fulfill their debt to society with their lives, however, those who are given a sentence of life can become eligible for parole after a specific amount of years, defined by individual states.

In some jurisdictions, convicts may be eligible for parole, depending on the specific elements of the crime, after serving 25 years, or 30 years if sentenced to two or more life sentences for Felony 1 offenses.

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