Criminal activity can be divided into different classes depending upon the severity of the act. Felonies are the most serious class of criminal offense in the United States. Although some states have further classified felonies into different groups, it is widely acceptable that a felony charge is the most heinous. The punishment for a felony depends on the crime committed, but could range from hefty fines to life imprisonment and even a death sentence.
Immigrants who are involved in criminal activities, especially felonies could risk being deported by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. The agency could use the defendants felonies of moral turpitude as grounds to send you out of the United States. Any act that is considered offensive towards the American community or one that harms American citizens can be used to deport you.
The three strikes law is another law for those charged with felonies. According to the three strikes law, punishment for the same felony becomes strict if the defendant has previously been convicted of two felony offenses. The three strikes law is controversial and critics believe it is a violation of the 8th amendment. States also have their own statutes regarding felony violations and punishments for those who are found guilty.
Felony offense charges are complicated and could have a damaging impact on your life. If you have been charged with a felony, it is important to hire an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorney will discuss your options and devise a strong defense strategy for you.