An Arkansas felony is any crime that is punishable by incarceration in a state prison (Misdemeanors are only punishable by time in local jails.) If you have been charged with a felony in Arkansas, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately because you may face serious jail time, as shown below.
Arkansas divides felonies up into several classes: Class Y Felonies, Class A Felonies, Class B Felonies, Class C Felonies, or Class D Felonies. There are also “unclassified felonies,” which are unclassified because the particular law will tell you your punishment.
A Class Y Felony carries a minimum sentence of ten years, but no more than forty years or life. Examples include murder, rape, arson, and kidnapping
A Class A Felony carries a minimum sentence of six years, but no more than thirty years. Examples include aggravated robbery, human trafficking, and many sex and drug crimes.
A Class B Felony carries a minimum sentence of five years, but no more than twenty years. These crimes include burglary, theft of property and forgery
A Class C Felony carries a minimum sentence of three years, but no more than ten years. Common offenses include receiving stolen property, vandalism, failure to appear, financial identity fraud, and intimidating a witness
A Class D Felony carries a maximum sentence of six years. Examples include aggravated assault, breaking and entering, cruelty to animals, and defacing a firearm.
A felony charge is serious; a felony conviction will affect the rest of your life. If you’ve been charged with a felony (or even if you think you’ll be charged), please contact us to make sure that someone is there to protect your rights.