Have you or someone you know been charged with a felony? You may be wondering what a felony offense is, and what the consequences are for a conviction. Look no further – on this page you can find information on the basics of a felony, felony disenfranchisement, and how a Kingman Felony lawyer can help you navigate in your case.
Felonies are a type of criminal offense in Arizona, and many other states, that indicate a higher level of violation than a misdemeanor or petty offense. Felonies are further split into 6 different levels called classes (Classes 1-6). The more well-known felonies which also happen to be the higher more serious felonies are crimes such as murder, manslaughter, or armed robbery. But, did you know that you can be charged with a felony for getting a DUI on a suspended license, or for having a minor in the car at the time of a DUI incident? Due to these lesser-known offenses designated as felonies, many people are surprised that what they thought was a misdemeanor turned out to be a much more serious class of violation. For this reason, having the qualified Felony Defense Lawyers at The Law Offices of Brandon White on your side throughout your case can be helpful in understanding your charges and trying for the best outcome possible.
If you have been charged or arrested for a felony in Kingman AZ, odds are that your case will be processed through the Mohave County Superior Court. County superior courts are generally the ones with jurisdiction over felony cases in Arizona, as opposed to municipal and justice courts which handle infractions and misdemeanors.
You may have heard of the phrase “felony disenfranchisement” before. In short, felony disenfranchisement is when an individual forfeits certain rights for a given period of time as part of their sentence for a felony conviction. These rights include the right to vote, the right to hold public office of trust or profit, the right to serve as a juror, and the right to possess a gun. Beyond having your rights removed, you may be looking at challenges for housing, government loans, and professional licenses.
It is possible to have a person’s rights restored in Arizona under certain circumstances after they serve the allotted sentence. Unless you were convicted of a felony that involved the infliction of a serious injury, a deadly weapon, a minor as a victim, or some other restrictions, you can apply to set aside your judgement of guilt and subsequently petition for your rights to be restored. The process for this looks something like this:
- Obtain proof of your discharge from probation or prison: depending on whether you were sentenced in Mohave County or by a Federal Court, then the proof requirements change.
- Apply to set aside your conviction of guilt: this application includes the application for restoring your firearm rights
- Fill out the appropriate sections of the petitions to restore rights
Even though this process may seem easy, the truth is that petitions to set aside and restore rights are granted at the court’s discretion, which means that constantly following up with the court and the prosecutors can be very difficult.
Contact a Kingman Felony Attorney Today
Having a felony conviction on your record can have consequences that are incredibly far-reaching. When your rights are at stake, having an attorney on your side to understand your charges, evaluate evidence, and try for the best outcome possible is essential. We can also help you navigate the complex processes and statute regarding felony disenfranchisement. Contact the qualified Kingman Felony lawyers at The Law Offices of Brandon White today for a free consultation!