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Categories of Crimes: Level 1, First-Degree, or Class A Felonies

Class A Felonies

Posted 5 years ago by Jim Titus

Felonies are broken down into several different classes, the most serious of which are known as Class A Felonies, Level 1 Felonies, or First-Degree Felonies. If you or someone you know has been convicted of one of these serious crimes, the sentences and fines are likely to be significant. You may be facing up to life in prison, as well as tens of thousands of dollars in penalties.

Some states may categorize felonies in levels rather than classes, and there is a difference between federal crimes and state crimes. Because different states have different laws, what’s placed in one category may be in a different category in another state.

Following is a breakdown of categories of felonies in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

Class A Felonies in MichiganClass A Felonies in Michigan include attempted murder.

Punishable by up to life in prison, crimes that are listed in the Class A list of felonies in Michigan include:

  • First- and second-degree murder
  • Assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to rob, steal, and kidnap
  • Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree

Level 1 Felonies in Indiana

Punishable by 20 to 40 years in prison, Level 1 Felonies in Indiana include:

  • Aggravated rape
  • Attempted murder
  • Child molestation
  • Death of a dependent due to neglect

First-Degree Felonies in Ohio

Prison sentences depend on a variety of legal factors in Ohio. Murder, for example, could carry a sentence of up to life in prison. Generally, however, first-degree felonies in Ohio are punishable by 3 to 11 years in prison. The felonies include:

  • Aggravated murder (unclassified)
  • Murder (unclassified)
  • Rape
  • Voluntary Manslaughter
  • Kidnapping

Penalties for crimes vary widely depending on the state and many other circumstances. If you or someone you know has been accused of a serious crime, seek help from a qualified attorney. If you need help getting out of jail, contact Detroit Bail Bonds at (313) 244-0669.


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