Felony not Subclassified
In Pittsburgh, as in all of Pennsylvania, the most serious felonies do not have assigned degrees. These crimes include first-degree murder and other murder or manslaughter charges.
Unclassified felonies are separated from first, second, and third-degree felonies.What is a Non-Classified Felony?
Some of the felonies that are not classified include:
- First-degree murder
- Second-degree murder
- Manslaughter of the first degree of a law enforcement officer
Each unclassified felony carries its own sentence. For example, a person who is convicted of first-degree murder faces either death or life in prison. For second-degree murder, the punishment is life in prison.
An explanation of crime categories:
All crimes are divided into two categories: felonies, and misdemeanors. Both categories consist of serious crimes in the eyes of the Pennsylvania law. But, of the two, felonies are considered to be more serious, in part because the crimes that fall under this category tend to be associated with harsher punishments and higher fines.
Some of the crimes that are considered felonies include rape, kidnapping, and other severe crimes. However, not all felonies result in the same punishments, because this class of offense is further divided into three degrees, each of which has its own set of fines, jail terms, and other penalties. Still more felonies are unclassified.
Brief descriptions of felony degrees:
- First-Degree Felony - Crimes that fall under this category include rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault on a prison employee or police/court officer, and voluntary manslaughter. Penalties may include 12 years of imprisonment or a fine of $25,000.
- Second-Degree Felony - Crimes that fall under this category include crimes like burglary, sexual assault, and false imprisonment of a juvenile. The penalties may include 10 years of imprisonment or a fine of $25,000.
- Third-Degree Felony - Crimes falling under this category include promoting child prostitution, bribery and possessing child pornography. Penalties may include 7 years of imprisonment or a fine of $15,000.
If you or a loved one has been charged with the commission of a non-classified felony, immediately contact one of our Pittsburgh criminal lawyers. We can provide you with all the detailed information you need, and will be able to help you prepare an excellent defense. Our lawyers will work with you to determine the most advantageous strategies for your case. Don’t wait to call; the longer you or your loved one goes without representation, the harder it will be to mitigate your sentence to a lighter one.
For immediate help, contact Logue Law. Our reputable Pittsburgh criminal lawyer, Mr. Sean Logue, will help you solve issues such as these. He and his team of attorneys have the skill set and experience you need to assist you in lessening the criminal penalties you face. Give us a call at (412) 276-5890 now.To Learn More About Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Offense Classes and Gravity Scores
Offense classes and gravity scores are properly defined under the Pennsylvania Criminal Code under Title 204, Chapter 303.