Felonies are serious business. Like most states, Connecticut has different classifications and penalties for felonies based on the severity of the crime. Classifications range from the severest, which is considered a capital felony and then from Class A through Class D, with Class D being the least severe.
Penalties for a guilty conviction for felonies is as follows:
- Capital felonies: A capital felony conviction carries a punishment of death by execution or life in prison without any chance of parole.
- Class A: Class A felony convictions carry a punishment of a minimum sentence of 10 to 25 years in prison and a possible fine of $20,000.
- Class B: Class B felony convictions carry a punishment of a minimum sentence of 1 to 25 years in prison, and a possible fine of $15,000.
- Class C: Class C felony convictions carry a punishment of a minimum sentence of 1 to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of $10,000.
- Class D: Class D felony convictions carry a punishment of a minimum sentence of 1 to 5 years in prison and a possible fine of $5,000.
No one wants to be charged with a felony, let alone convicted of one. When you have a felony conviction on your record, it can affect your entire life, even if you have served your sentence and paid your penalties. The job market is one way a felony conviction affects your life.
Many jobs or professions require background checks where your felony conviction will be revealed. Jobs that don't require background checks usually require you to answer a question when applying as to whether you have ever been convicted of a felony.
If you are charged with a criminal offense, it is important to have an attorney who is understanding and able to put together a good defense for your case. The lower the charges can be dropped, the better the outcome. In the case of a conviction, your attorney may also work with you to see if erasing or pardoning your record is an option.
Source: State Laws, "Connecticut Felony," accessed Nov. 23, 2016