Felonies

A felony involves a charge greater than 1 year or more than $2500 fine. Minor felonies are often reducible to misdemeanors. However, more serious felonies require careful defense and may take years to litigate.

East Coast Legal Group defends felonies in three jurisdictions: Washington D.C., Maryland and Federal Court. We have extensive experience with felony murder, homicide, conspiracy charges (RICO), and sex crimes -- to name just a few. Our extensive list of experts and mitigations specialists ensure you get the best possible trial team.

Each state, as well as the federal courts, have different degrees and methods of classifying felonies. How felonies are divided varies from between federal courts, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

DC largely follows the federal guidelines. The DC criminal statutes are found under DC Code Title 22.

From Code 18 USC 3559

classesFederal Feloniesdescription
Class AA Class A felony is the most serious felony that an individual can be charged with. Class A felonies can result in life in prison, and, in some cases, the death penaltyAn example of a Class A felony is homicide.
Class BClass B felonies can result in a sentence of up to 25 years.Examples of Class B felonies include a sex crime involving children and hate crimes.
Class CThe sentence for those convicted of a Class C felony is between 10-25 years.An example of a Class C felony is involuntary manslaughter.
Class DClass D felonies can result in a sentence of no more then ten years but at least five years in prison.Criminal Sale of a weapon is classified as a Class D felony.
Class EClass E felonies are the least serious felonies. They will result in a jail sentence of not less then one, but not more then five years.Some forms of obstructions of justice are examples of a Class E felony.

From Washington DC Area code $ 18.2-10

classesFelonies in Washington DC Areadescription
Class 1A Class 1 felony is the most serious felony that an individual can be charged with. Class A felonies can result in life in prison, and, in some cases, the death penalty.An example of a Class 1 felony is homicide.
Class 2Class 2 felonies can result in a sentence of up to 20 years.An example of a Class 2 felony is manslaughter
Class 3Class 3 felonies can result in up to 20 years in prison.An example of a Class 3 felony is intentionally harming another person with intent to kill or disfigure
Class 4Class 4 felonies can result in up to 10 years in prison.An example of a Class 4 felony is prostitution.
Class 5Class 5 felonies can result in 1-10 years in prison.An example of a Class 5 felony is battery.
Class 6Class 6 felonies are the lowest felonies in Washington DC Metropolitan Area. They can result in up to one year in prison.An example of a Class 6 felony is animal cruelty.

Unlike in Washington DC Area and federal courts, felonies are not divided into separate classes in Maryland in D.C. Instead, felonies are sorted by crimes, which each receive their own specific punishments. Below are examples of felonies from Maryland.

From Maryland Code $ 1-101- $ 14-103

classesFelonies in Washington DC Metropolitan Areadescription
MurderMurder in the first degree is among the most serious crimes that can be committed in MD.The punishment for murder can be life without parole or even the death penalty.
ManslaughterManslaughter is considered a less serious crime then murder.If convicted of manslaughter in Maryland, an individual can receive up to ten years in prison.
Rape
Conviction can result in 25 years to life in prison.Rape in the first degree is a felony crime in Maryland.
Distributing a Controlled SubstanceDistribution of a controlled substance can result in up to five years in prison or a fine up to $15,000.Distributing a Class V controlled substance is a felony crime.