In Utah, a felony is a serious charge that can carry severe penalties, including lengthy prison or jail terms and potential fines of thousands of dollars. The collateral consequences can also be devastating, including loss of a job or occupational licensing, limited housing opportunities, firearm rights restrictions, immigration complications, offender registration requirements, and more. However, being charged with a felony is no reason to lose hope. The team of attorneys at Canyons Law Group is prepared to fight to defend your rights and to get the best outcome possible for your case. Contact us today to see what we can do for your felony case.
What is a Felony?
A felony is one of the most serious charges you can be convicted of. Under Utah law, there are three main classifications of felonies, each with its own range of penalties and consequences.
- First Degree Felonies are the highest class of felonies that can result from some of the most serious crimes. Punishable with the possibility of life in prison, some of these offenses carry mandatory prison sentences with minimums ranging from 5 years 25 years or more. The fine for a single conviction can be up to $10,000. First degree felonies can include aggravated burglary, robbery or arson, sex-related offenses, murder, and more.
- Second Degree Felonies are a step removed from first degree felonies and can be punishable by 1 to 15 years in prison as well as a fine of up to $10,000. Examples of a second degree felony include burglary and robbery (not aggravated), aggravated assault (with serious injury), certain theft offenses, and more.
- Third Degree Felonies are the lowest tier of felonies and are punishable by 0 to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Crimes of this severity include forgery, some financial fraud offenses, prescription fraud, firearms offenses, some drug offenses, and more.
What are my Options?
No matter what you are charged with, you have a constitutional right to representation by a qualified attorney. If you are able to prove to the court that you cannot afford a private attorney, a public defense attorney will be provided to you by the government. However, if you are facing felony charges in can be vitally important to find a private attorney who will have the necessary experience, time, and resources to properly defend your case.
The attorneys at Canyon’s Law Group understand that every case is unique and requires individual consideration of all your goals and needs. When facing any sort of criminal charges, it can be essential to have advice from an experienced defense attorney before proceeding further in your case or even talking to police. Make sure that your rights are protected. Learn more about our criminal defense team online, or contact Canyons Law Group and see what the right criminal defense attorney can do for you