Charge & Sentencing Information

Indiana Criminal Sentencing

Whether you are facing an A misdemeanor for possession of marijuana, or a Level 1 felony for child molesting you may be wondering what are the possible penalties associated with a conviction for a crime of this type. The criminal law attorneys at Bernhardt Phillips will answer all of the questions you have regarding potential sentences, so do not hesitate to contact us today for your free consultation. 

Indiana Criminal Misdemeanor

In Indiana, misdemeanor offenses are punishable by up to one (1) year in jail, and a fine up to $5,000.00. They are separated into levels A, B, and C based on the severity of the alleged offense.  

Class A Misdemeanors

A class A misdemeanor is the most serious type of misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Offenses such as Domestic Battery and Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated endangering a person can both be Class A misdemeanors. Indiana Code 35-50-3-2.

Class B Misdemeanors

Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Offenses such as disorderly conduct and public intoxication can be Class B misdemeanors in Indiana.  Indiana Code 35-50-3-3. 

Class C Misdemeanors

A Class C misdemeanor is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. Offenses such as interference with custody and failure to respond to a summons can be  Class C misdemeanors in Indiana. Indiana Code 35-50-3-4.

If you or a loved one is facing a misdemeanor charge in Indianapolis or throughout the State of Indiana, then contact the criminal law attorneys at Bernhardt Phillips today for your free consultation.

Indiana Criminal Felony

In Indiana, criminal felonies are separated into levels based on the severity of the alleged underlying offense. A Level 6 felony is the lowest level of felony while a Level 1 felony is the highest. An individual could also be charged with murder as a felony, which would carry the most serious penalties, including death. 

Murder

Murder is punishable by a fixed term of incarceration between forty-five (45) and sixty-five (65) years, with the advisory sentence being fifty-five (55) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Under some circumstances, a conviction for Murder could be punishable by life imprisonment without parole or even death. Indiana Code 35-50-2-3

Level 1 Felony 

A level 1 felony is punishable by a fixed term of incarceration between twenty (20) and forty (40) years, with the advisory sentence being thirty (30) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Indiana Code 35-50-2-4.

Level 2 Felony 

A Level 2 felony is punishable by a fixed term of incarceration between ten (10) and thirty (30) years, with the advisory sentence being seventeen and one-half (17 1/2) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Indiana Code 35-50-2-4.5

Level 3 Felony 

A Level 3 felony is punishable by a fixed term of incarceration between three (3) and sixteen (16) years, with the advisory sentence being nine (9) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Indiana Code 35-50-2-5

Level 4 Felony 

A Level 4 felony is punishable by a fixed term of incarceration between two (2) and twelve (12) years, with the advisory sentence being six (6) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Indiana Code 35-50-2-5.5 

Level 5 Felony 

A Level 5 felony is punishable by a fixed term of incarceration between one (1) and six (6) years, with the advisory sentence being three (3) years. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Indiana Code 35-50-2-6

Level 6 Felony 

A Level 5 felony is punishable by a fixed term of incarceration between six (6) months and two and one-half (2 1/2) years, with the advisory sentence being one (1) year. In addition, the person may be fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Indiana Code 35-50-2-7

A conviction for a felony charge in Indiana can carry with it significant consequences and penalties. It is vital that you have competent representation with you during every stage of your criminal matter. The experienced criminal law attorneys with Bernhardt Phillips are standing by to assist with your or your loved one’s felony charges. Do not hesitate to schedule your free consultation. 

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