Being charged with a felony crime in Kansas City is a very serious matter and should not be taken lightly; your future depends on it. A felony is any crime that is punishable by jail time of one year or more and can include violent crimes, drug crimes, and DWI/DUIs, among several other criminal offenses. If you’ve been accused of committing a felony, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your case as soon as possible.
Felony Penalties in Kansas City and the Five Felony Classes
In Missouri all felonies fall within one of five classes, Class A through Class E. The most serious felonies with the most severe penalties will fall within Class A while the least severe felony crimes will be categorized under Class E. Each Class has corresponding sentencing guidelines:
- Class A Felony – prison time 10 years to 30 years, or life imprisonment. Examples of Class A felonies include murder in the first and second degree, first degree robbery, and kidnapping.
- Class B Felony – prison time 5 years to 15 years. Examples of Class B felonies include voluntary manslaughter, first degree burglary, and first degree assault.
- Class C Felony – prison time 3 years to 10 years and fines up to $10,000. Examples of Class C felonies include involuntary manslaughter, and manufacture of a controlled substance.
- Class D Felony – prison time up to 7 years and fines up to $10,000. Examples of Class D felonies include burglary in the second degree, possession of a controlled substance, and second degree kidnapping.
- Class E Felony – prison time up to 4 years and fines up to $10,000. An example of a Class E felony is fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.
Prior, Persistent, and Dangerous Offenders in Missouri
Prior, persistent, and dangerous offenders in the state of Missouri face enhanced penalties. A prior offender in Missouri has been convicted of one previous felony; a persistent offender has been convicted of two or more felonies at different times; and a dangerous offender is one who knowingly murdered, or endangered, or threatened the life or another; or knowingly inflicted, or attempted to inflict, serious physical injury to another during the commission of a felony; and was found guilty of a Class A, Class B, or dangerous felony.
Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help Protect Your Rights
A felony charge is very serious and one that can negatively impact your personal and professional life for many years to come. Being convicted of a serious crime can cost thousands of dollars, mean time spent in jail, and lead to damage to your reputation. The attorneys at the KC Defense Counsel can provide the legal advice and support you need to fight the charges against you and protect your future. The dedicated team can provide advice regarding your legal options, whether entering into a plea deal is in your best interest, and defense strategies and options should you ultimately fight your case in trial.
Results that Matter
- Felony Kidnapping in the First Degree: Reduced to Peace Disturbance.
A woman was accused of kidnapping the infant in her care. She faced 10 years to life in prison. Our attorneys convinced the prosecutor’s office to reduce the charge to Misdemeanor Peace Disturbance. The client received probation.
- Felony Child Abuse or Neglect: Reduced to Misdemeanor; Client kept custody of their child.
A woman was accused of beating her child with a wire and was in danger of losing custody. Our attorneys negotiated with prosecutors, helped her get into parenting classes, and got her charge reduced to a misdemeanor. She did probation and kept her child.
- Felony Burglary and Felony Receiving Stolen Property: Probation, Kept off Client Record.
- Vehicular Homicide: Probation
A young man was charged with killing the passenger in his car. Our attorneys worked to get the judge to sentence him to a treatment program and probation.