When it comes to determining how a criminal record can be best evaluated for completeness and accuracy, it is necessary to note how the various classifications of felony interact with the details listed therein. While being aware of common terms such as felony and misdemeanor gives a seeker a good beginning basis for a solid search of this kind, the specific classes of these crime branches should also be given proper attention. With this in mind, we turn our focus to felony crimes. Each felony offense can be broken down into 9 specific felony classes according to the seriousness of the felony crime.
From Class A felony to Class I felony offenses-a crime of a felony A status being the worst-criminal cases are categorized according to the legal system. From this solid felony foundation of class structure, states have the ability to characterize each class according to their own considerations regarding severity and punishment, to best ascertain how each class of felony will be given penalty. It is from the perspective of both the general foundation definition of felony crimes, as well as, specific state variance of felony crime, that we take a closer look at all that is Class D felony crimes below.
Class D felony offenses can cover a variety of felony crimes according to serious nature in any given jurisdiction, from felony drunk driving to solicitation of a minor; but all are considered serious despite the nature. This is why they are given the criminal charge of felony instead of misdemeanor. While certain legal and circumstantial factors can certainly play into the felony punishment incurred for said class crimes, the standard federal regulations that criminal courts use as parameters for felony punishment are: imprisonment up to 25 years and/or fines of up to $100,000. If the said offender has committed this type of class crime or another in his/her history, this repeat status will automatically win them an extended imprisonment and/or heavier fines.
The most central of Class D felony crimes apparent in this country include the following class offenses: felony vehicular homicide, child enticement, felony drunk driving (5th or more offenses), vehicular homicide while intoxicated, and solicitation of a child. The list does not end here, nor does it exclude lesser charges that if given the right characteristics, could easily be moved up to a more serious Class D felony charge.
What are these characteristics that may alter the standard outcome of a class conviction and sentencing? There are, of course, a variety of aspects of the criminal justice system that are considered when dealing with class crimes of this nature. These, in turn, influence how severe or mild a punishment may be within the confines of a certain sentencing; and thus, affect how a criminal record is read. Common factors of this kind begin with the state in which the crime is committed. Each state has a different legal perspective on how an offense should be handled, and this translates to more or less severe penalty for different offenses. Moreover, typically, if the felony of this class is committed with a certain intent, it will be given a different sentencing accordingly-such as whether the intent was negligent or done with malice. Another common factor that affects many criminal cases of this class of offenses is also if the crime was carried out with the use of a deadly weapon. In most states, these criminal punishments can easily be doubled in penalty if a weapon is involved. The same typically results when a minor is involved. When considering any felony of this class, not only the title of said felonious crime should be considered; but also, these factors as they can be very telling as to the nature of the offense and said offender in a criminal records search.