A felony in Alabama can be any number of charges. Felonies are placed in classes (A,B, or C), and many factors determine what class felony you could be convicted of. For example, a Class C felony is defined as any charge that carries with it a sentence of one year and one day up to 10 years in the state penitentiary with a fine not to exceed $15,000. Common Class C felonies are Unlawful Possession of Controlled Substance, or Theft of Property in the Second Degree.
A Class B felony carries an increased punishment of 2-20 years in the state penitentiary and a fine not to exceed $30,000. These often include distribution charges or Theft of Property in the First Degree.
Finally, a Class A felony, the most serious offense, carries a punishment of 10-99 years or life in prison, and a fine not to exceed $60,000. These include charges like manufacturing meth or drug trafficking all the way to murder.
The number of prior felonies plays a big part in how your current felony might be classified. For example, if you’ve been charged with a Class C felony (let’s say possession of cocaine) and you have three prior Class C felonies, then your current felony possession of cocaine will carry a minimum sentence of 15-99 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $60,000!
If you’ve been charged with a felony crime then you MUST fight for your rights. The prosecutor is not going to offer a plea agreement that looks after your best interests. It’s up to you to protect yourself!