Every state has different categories of crimes depending on their level of seriousness. In Kentucky and Tennessee, the three categories of crimes are infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies, ranging from least to most serious.
In general, these categories of crimes are differentiated by the penalties a person faces if convicted. Infractions are the least serious category of crime. They typically involve a ticket or a fine. Misdemeanors, which are more serious than the infractions, are usually punishable by a fine and/or up to one year in jail.
Felony offenses are the most serious category of crimes. Under both Kentucky and Tennessee law, felonies are defined as crimes that are punishable by imprisonment or even death. The severity of the punishment depends on the crime. Often, felonies involve violent acts or some other act that is viewed harshly by society. Examples of felonies include murder, burglary, rape, arson, and terrorist acts.
If you have been charged with a felony, you should consult a criminal defense attorney right away. Given how serious felony offenses are, you need an attorney who will vigorously defend your rights and protect your freedom.
At the law office of Michael J. Thompson, Attorney at Law, our attorney has represented numerous individuals who have been charged with crimes in Oak Grove and the surrounding areas of Kentucky and Tennessee. We have defended people charged with DUIs, drug crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes, and much more. Our law firm takes pride in providing honest, aggressive, and effective representation for each client.
As a former U.S. Marine, Mr. Thompson is not afraid to stand up against the prosecution. He will be your advocate every step of the way, even when it feels like no one else is looking out for your interests. To learn more about what our firm can do for you, please visit our criminal law page.