Under Arkansas law, a felony is a serious crime and is punishable by imprisonment for more than one year in prison or death.

Felonies are serious crimes – if you are facing a felony or know somebody who is you should definitely seek professional legal help. A felony charge can stay with you for the rest of your life – it can keep you from getting a job, establishing a credit, result in jail or prison and, in some states, if the felony is serious enough, even cost you your life.

Felonies are designated by statute by the classifications Y, A, B, C and D.

  • For a Class Y felony, unless the person is a habitual offender, upon conviction, the sentence shall be not less than 10 years and not more than 40 years or life.
  • For a Class A felony, unless the person is a habitual offender, upon conviction, the sentence shall be not less than 6 years and not more than 30 years and may include a fine in an amount not to exceed $15,000.00.
  • For a Class B felony, unless the person is a habitual offender or the offense is second degree murder, upon conviction, the sentence shall be not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years and may include a fine in an amount not to exceed $15,000.00.
  • For a Class C felony, unless the person is a habitual offender, upon conviction, the sentence shall be not less than 3 years and not more than 10 years and may include a fine in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00.
  • For a Class D felony, unless the person is a habitual offender, upon conviction, the sentence shall not exceed 6 years and may include a fine in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00.
  • For an unclassified felony, the sentence shall be in accord with the statute defining the felony.

The Circuit Courts of the State of Arkansas have exclusive jurisdiction to try persons charged with the commission of a felony proscribed by Arkansas law. Venue generally lies in the county in which the act occurred for which the charge is made.

Gary McDonald – Attorney at Law
Offices Located in Simmons First Bank Plaza
100 West Grove Suite 308 El Dorado AR
PHONE (870) 862-1498 FAX (870) 862-4071
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