Ponca City Felony Defense Attorney
Dedicated Defense Attorneys in Ponca City
Felony charges are very serious, and even after you have completed your punishment, the repercussions of a conviction can follow you around for the rest of your life. If you were charged with a felony in Ponca City, OK, do not let your future be ruined because of a mistake that you made. Reach out to the Ponca City felony defense attorneys at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker to start building a solid defense today. With the right lawyer on your side, you can have the charges against you reduced to a misdemeanor or even dropped, both of which are favorable to a felony conviction on your record.
The Implications of a Felony Conviction
Felony crimes are much more serious than misdemeanor crimes and usually involve grave bodily injury to another person, property damage to property other than your own, or theft. Unlike misdemeanor convictions, which usually carry a punishment of a county jail sentence of no more than one year and a small fine of no more than $1,000, a felony conviction can result in anywhere from one to 99 years to life in federal or state prison. Depending on the severity of the crime, a conviction could literally cost you your life. Do not risk your life because you were too proud to call an attorney. Let an aggressive criminal defense lawyer fight for your rights and your freedom.
Types of Felony Crimes
There are several types of felony crimes a person may commit. Some of the more common crimes include:
- Sex Related Crimes
- Sexual Battery, Aggravated Sexual Assault, Harassment
- Child Pornography
- Human Trafficking
- State and Federal Drug Crimes
- Felony Drug Trafficking
- Drug Possession With Intent to Sell
- Selling Prescription Drugs
- Distributing Drugs on or Near School Property
- White Collar Crimes
- Violent Crimes
- Gun Crimes
- Domestic Crimes
- Spousal Abuse
- Child Abuse
- Elder Abuse
Felony Classes and Sentencing
Most states categorize their felonies as either A, B, or C, and designate a maximum punishment for each class. Oklahoma, however, does not categorize its crimes. Instead, each felony has its own penalties associated with it. For instance, the unlawful delivery of goods carries up to a $1,000 fine and a prison term of up to 5 years, while an arson conviction may carry a $25,000 fine and a prison term of up to 35 years.
Additionally, Oklahoma enforces additional consequences for repeat offenders. It also adheres to the 85 percent rule, meaning that individuals convicted of certain crimes are required to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences before becoming eligible for parole. Crimes to which the 85 percent rule apply include but are not limited to:
- First-degree manslaughter;
- First-degree murder;
- Conjoint robbery;
- Robbery with a dangerous weapon;
- Child prostitution; and
- Aggravated drug trafficking.
When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are charged with a felony in Ponca City, there is no time like the present to contact a criminal defense lawyer. The longer you put off seeking legal representation, the greater the chance the prosecution has of building a stronger and more viable defense. Do not give the state the advantage and reach out to Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker as soon as you learn of the charges against you. Call now to schedule your free consultation.