Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Felony Crimes

What are the criminal consequences for a felony conviction in Louisiana?

In a very limited number of the most serious felony crimes, a felony conviction may result in the offender being sentenced to death. A felony conviction may also result in a lengthy term of imprisonment and, for some very serious crimes, may result in a sentence of life without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. In addition to a lengthy term of imprisonment, a felony sentence may also require the offender to pay a substantial fine, make financial restitution to the victim, register as a sex offender, submit to lengthy terms of supervised or unsupervised probation, and submit to random drug testing.

What are the collateral consequences for a felony conviction in Louisiana?

A felony conviction will also deprive the offender of the right to vote and the right to own or possess a firearm. It may also result in a loss of government benefits, prevent the offender from obtaining professional licenses, and make it difficult to find housing and employment.

What are some examples of felony criminal charges?

Felony charges can be levied for a wide variety of crimes that involve harm inflicted on persons or property, including:

  • Drug crimes: Including possession with intent to distribute, trafficking, and manufacturing.
  • Sex crimes: Examples include rape, sexual battery, child pornography, and human trafficking.
  • Property crimes: Arson, fraud, and burglary are among the examples of felony property crimes
  • Violent crimes: Such as murder, kidnapping, and aggravated assault with a firearm

What should I do if I’m charged with a felony?

Without a lawyer present, you are at high risk for inadvertently damaging your defense with self-incriminating statements. It is crucial that you exercise your right to remain silent and have the representation of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Contact David E. Stanley today to request a consultation.