In Indiana, there are two categories of crime you may be charged with: a felony or a misdemeanor. From there, you might be charged with a class A, B, or C misdemeanor, or a level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 felony. A felony is a more serious crime than a misdemeanor and carries a penalty of more than one year in prison.
Indiana has established sentencing guidelines to help judges in sentencing people once they have been convicted of a crime. These guidelines give a judge a range of fines and sentences for each level of offense and give an advisory sentence that gives the judge a place to start in determining the appropriate sentence. The judge will look at factors, categorized as either aggravating or mitigating, to determine if a harsher or more lenient sentence is appropriate for a particular crime. The judge may also impose fines according to each level of sentence. For misdemeanors, these fines cannot exceed $5,000, but for felonies, you may be responsible for fines up to $10,000.
If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to have someone in your corner to assist you in building a defense that will allow you the best chance at either avoiding a conviction or limiting your sentence. If you find yourself in this situation, call the Criminal Law attorneys at McNeelyLaw LLP at (317) 825-5110 for help.
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