FELONY CHARGES DEFENSE ATTORNEY/

A felony is a serious charge. If you are charged with a felony in South Carolina, the Leventis Law Firm can help.

We believe people make mistakes, so we explore every avenue of the law to protect your rights and your liberty. Contact us immediately for a free consultation where we can discuss your case and the options ahead of you. We will aggressively pursue every option on your behalf.

This page is to serve as a point of introduction in understanding felony charges. Understanding the law can be a complex undertaking. Here we will outline SOME of the types of felonies in the state of South Carolina. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, and no information on the internet is meant to serve as or be a substitute for legal counsel. Many of these charges have particulars regarding the circumstances, amounts, and degree of damage or harm involved that determine the classification and potential penalties involved. Thus, you may see some charges listed in more than one class.

CLASSIFICATIONS AND LOSS OF RIGHTS/

There are six (6) classifications of felonies in South Carolina (Class A through Class F). Felonies can result in prison sentences of up to 30 years. If you are convicted of a felony, you can lose a number of the rights and privileges you can enjoy as an American citizen, including, but not limited to:

  • Voting privileges
  • Ability to purchase any type of firearm
  • Ability to collect government assistance, such as welfare
  • Ability to obtain financial aid to help with expenses related to education/schooling
  • Professional licensing, including revocation of existing licenses.

CLASS A. Class A felonies can carry a term of no more than thirty (30) years and include:

  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Attempted murder
  • Criminal sexual conduct
  • Kidnapping, or conspiracy to commit kidnapping
  • Abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in death
  • Carjacking (with great bodily injury)
  • Human trafficking
  • Arson
  • Robbery while armed with a deadly weapon
  • Attempted bank robbery
  • Detonation of explosives that results in someone’s death
  • Drug trafficking or manufacturing of drugs.

CLASS B. Class B felonies can carry a term of no more than twenty-five (25) years and include:

  • Assault and battery by mob
  • Arson
  • Causing an explosion (or helping to cause) that results in injury to a person or to real or personal property
  • Drug trafficking
  • Operating a water device (such as a boat) or a vehicle (such as a car or truck) while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, resulting in someone’s death.

CLASS C. Class C felonies can carry a term of no more than twenty (20) years and include:

  • Poisoning or attempted poisoning
  • Tampering with food or drugs
  • Child death as a result of abuse or neglect
  • Great bodily injury to a child
  • Assault and battery
  • Criminal sexual conduct
  • Carjacking
  • Attempted armed robbery
  • Robbery at an ATM or bank night depository
  • Promoting the prostitution of a minor
  • Domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature
  • Financial transactions involving property derived from unlawful drug activity
  • Unlawful driving resulting in death.

CLASS D. Class D felonies can carry a term of no more than fifteen (15) years and include:

  • Criminal sexual conduct with a minor
  • Assisting another person in committing suicide
  • Abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult resulting in great bodily injury
  • Stalking
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Threaten by means of a destructive weapon
  • Escaping or attempting to escape from prison
  • Drug manufacture and/or distribution or possession
  • Operating a moving water device or vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs where great bodily injury results.

CLASS E. Class E felonies can carry a term of no more than ten (10) years and include:

  • Bribery
  • Voting fraud or voter intimidation
  • Assault and battery
  • Spousal sexual battery
  • Resisting arrest with a deadly weapon
  • Criminal sexual conduct
  • Stalking
  • Gang activities
  • Witness intimidation
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Malicious injury to animals, real property
  • Stealing livestock
  • Embezzlement
  • Breach of trust
  • Dissemination of obscene material to minors
  • Unlawful storing, keeping, possessing, selling, renting, or giving away a machine gun or sawed-off shotgun or rifle
  • Domestic violence
  • Writing bad checks
  • Exposing others to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Drug possession.

CLASS F. Class F felonies can carry a term of no more than five (5) years and include:

  • Election bribery
  • Intentional use of false documents
  • Sale or possession of counterfeit cigarettes
  • Bingo fraud
  • Tax evasion or fraud
  • Involuntary manslaughter
  • Sexual battery
  • Threatening a public official
  • Abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult
  • Stalking
  • Perjury
  • Insurance fraud
  • Cultivating or attempting to cultivate marijuana on land of another
  • Garbage picking
  • False ID
  • Computer crimes.

SUMMATION/

Again, this is not meant to be an exhaustive and completely comprehensive list, nor is it a substitute for legal representation. However, it does give you an idea of how many charges are considered felonies in our state.

Being charged with a felony can have major consequences, in addition to incarceration and fines. A criminal record with a felony charge impacts a person’s opportunities in life, from employment to housing. A person charged with a felony should be proactive and contact a defense lawyer immediately.

If you are charged with a felony, seeking legal counsel as quickly as possible is crucial to your future and the chances of a favorable outcome in your case. The Leventis Law Firm has successfully defended many felony cases. If you have  been charged with a felony, contact us today and put the full resources of our firm to work on your case.

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