There are five groups of felonies and capital offenses in Kentucky. There are Class A, B, C, or D felonies as well as capital offenses. The worst offenses of crimes are saved for these classifications. They can lead directly to a long jail sentence if you don’t know how to maneuver through the system. Below are some of the captial offenses and felony classes. They regulate the gravity of a crime and what the sentencing could be.
Capital offenses include murder and kidnapping that results in the victim’s death. Capital offenses are those that could result in the death penalty sentence. Another possible punishment for a capital offense would be 25 years to life in jail, as well as life without parole or a jail sentence of 20-50 years. The crime circumstances are weighed against the offender’s mental status as well as how the survivors of the victim are affected.
Class A Felonies
Class A felonies are serious crimes that are not considered capital offenses. These sentences range from 20-50 years in jail as well as life in prison. For example, the rape of a child is considered first-degree rape. Armed robbery would also be a Class A felony as would grand larceny and spiteful wounding. Murder is usually known as a capital offense, but occasionally it is considered a Class A felony due to situations that may be better served by a life sentence, not the death penalty.
Class B Felonies
Class B felonies are punishable by 10-20 years of jail time. Examples of Class B felonies are rape, sodomy, and manslaughter in the first degree. This category contains sexual offenses as well as negligent murder.
Class C Felonies
Class C felonies have the punishment of 5-19 years of jail time. These mostly involve property. Larceny that involves property whose value is more than $10,000 but less than $1 million is a Class C felony. Manslaughter in the second degree, assault in the second-degree, trafficking in controlled substances, and unauthorized use of a credit card in an abundance of $10,000 are also considered Class C felonies. Other examples are cybercrimes, including accessing a computer or network without authorization.
Class D Felonies
Class D felonies are punishable by 1-5 years of jail time. This includes credit card use that is not authorized in the amount of $500-$1000. Also included in this Class of felony are drug possession, endangerment in the first degree, and stalking. If you have 5 or more marijuana plants this is also a Class D felony. Also, several misdemeanors can add up to a Class D felony. If one already has 4 DUIs the next one would be bumped to a felony.
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