A felony is a significant criminal offense that carries a minimum sentence of one year in jail. The maximum penalty might include life in prison or the death penalty. These crimes often include violence, such as robbery, kidnapping, rape and murder. However, non-violent crimes that involve damages or loss totaling $1,500 or more can also be classified as felonies. Offenses might also be considered felonies if it is a situation of tampering with government property or employees. The degree and nature of the offense factor into sentencing, as with any crime.
When you are charged with a felony, experienced legal representation is essential in protecting your rights and alleviating the stress associated with this experience. As a former police officer and prosecutor, Attorney Archambault is in a unique position to understand both sides of your case and provide you with the best legal support possible. He will take the time to meet with you and explain all the ins and outs of your case, weighing strengths and weaknesses to provide you with the best possible outcome.
At Archambault Law, we are experienced in defending clients accused of the following:
In addition, some misdemeanors can be elevated to felonies for second-time offenders.
Rhode Island does not have a system of classifying felonies by severity. Any crime that is punishable by one or more years in prison or a fine of $1,000 or more is considered a felony rather than a misdemeanor. In addition to these potential consequences, individuals convicted of felony offenses may face the following:
If you are convicted of a felony, you will also have a permanent criminal record that can be an obstacle when you try to go to school or apply for a job. It is imperative to avoid conviction whenever possible to prevent this criminal record for putting a permanent stain on your life and your ambitions. Our legal team is prepared to work with you to significantly lower your risk of conviction and some of the consequences that surround that decision.
It is unlikely you will achieve the outcome you wish in court if you do not have the right legal representation. Whether bargaining for reduced jail time or arguing a sentence down from a felony to a misdemeanor, our experienced Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer Stephen Archambault can help. Attorney Archambault has spent many years working in the legal and political realm, bringing his expertise and experience to the clients he has pledged to defend. When you hire Attorney Archambault to represent you during your felony proceedings, you can rest assured you are in the best legal hands possible.
Don’t leave your future or your life in the care of a less experienced lawyer. Contact Archambault Law today at 401-231-9700 for a complimentary consultation and review of your case.