A felony is the most serious type of criminal charge. Consequences for a felony conviction can include prolonged incarceration in a state or federal prison and large fines. The accused will also lose the ability to vote and own a handgun and his or her ability to find employment, pursue higher education, or obtain a loan or mortgage will be severely affected. Felonies can consist of state or federal charges. Examples of felonies are: murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery, kidnapping, embezzlement, forgery, some drug crimes, rape, and other sex crimes.
It is extremely important that the accused seeks an attorney as soon as possible. Felonies often involve complicated legal matters pertaining to motions, admissibility of evidence, eye-witnesses, experts, and sentencing. Not only can an attorney guide you through the complicated process and vigorously fight to protect your rights and freedoms, but in the event of a conviction he or she can also take actions that will increase the possibility of a successful appeal.