Criminal Charges And Penalty Ranges
At Wesley Rhodes, Attorney at Law, we defend residents of Little Rock and the surrounding area who are charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses.
We realize that the Arkansas criminal process, criminal laws and penalties can be difficult to understand without a legal background. We are including this information about criminal charges and penalty ranges so that you know the penalties you may face if you are convicted.
Please contact us today online or by calling (501) 361-4459 to learn more about our criminal defense services and learn how we can help you or a loved one defend your future.
Misdemeanor criminal offenses for crimes against the person or against property are divided into four classes:
- A Class A misdemeanor offense may result in a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a fine of $2,500.
- A Class B misdemeanor offense may result in a maximum sentence of 90 days and a fine of $1,000.
- A Class C misdemeanor offense may result in a maximum sentence of 30 days and a fine of $500.
- There are also Unclassified misdemeanors, and their punishment varies depending on the crime that is charged.
In addition to the misdemeanor classes, there are 5 felony classes:
- Class Y felonies carry the heaviest penalties, with minimum sentencing of 10 years and a maximum sentence of 40 years or life in prison.
- Class A felonies are one step down from Class Y felonies. The punishment range for Class A felonies is 6 to 30 years and a fine of up to $15,000.
- Class B felonies have a punishment range of 5 to 20 years and a fine of up to $15,000.
- Class C felonies have a punishment range of 3 to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Class D felonies have a punishment range of 0 to 6 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
The penalty for a criminal traffic violation such as driving on a suspended or revoked license is a $500 fine and a two-day minimum jail sentence. The maximum sentence for this conviction is six months. In addition, the period for license suspension or revocation may be extended.
The penalty and fines for DWI/DUI conviction vary according to the type of offense and number of DWI/DUI convictions you have received within a certain time period. For example, if you are convicted of a first-offense DWI, you may receive a one-year jail sentence and fines up to $1,000.
If you are convicted of a felony DWI, you may be fined up to $5,000 and sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
Penalties and fines attached to misdemeanor convictions for drug crimes depend on a variety of factors, including the amount in possession and the defendant’s criminal background. Defendants charged with Class A misdemeanor offenses may be sentenced to up to a year in jail and be fined up to $2,500.
Defendants charged with felony marijuana trafficking or simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms face a minimum 10 years in prison and up to 40 years. They may also be fined $15,000.
At Wesley Rhodes, Attorney at Law, we believe that our commitment to providing exceptional legal representation sets us apart from other law firms. Call us today at (501) 361-4459.