In the criminal justice system, the nature and severity of a crime determines its classification and subsequent penalties imposed. Indiana defines a felony as a crime that carries a penalty of one year or more in prison up to life imprisonment or the death penalty.
In Indiana, just as with many other states, there are sentencing guidelines aimed at helping the judge hand down punishments. The guidelines are put in place to ensure consistent and fair punishment without bias. Felonies are divided into six levels, with Level 1 being the most serious and Level 6 the least. Each level has its sentencing range, an advisory sentence, and fines of up to $10,000.
It’s important to understand these felony classes and their corresponding penalties, especially if you’re facing criminal charges in Indiana. By familiarizing yourself with the potential consequences, you can make informed decisions. Verdelski Miller is dedicated to providing you with the highest level of defense.
Level 2 Felonies in Indiana
Level 2 felonies are the second most serious felony charges in Indiana. They are generally viewed as being more severe than Levels 3 to 6 felonies, but less severe than Level 1 felonies. Accordingly, the consequences and penalties associated with Level 2 felonies in Indiana are much greater than Levels 3 to 6 but less than Level 1 felonies.
A Level 2 felony conviction also carries significant collateral penalties, which could have a major impact on your future, including employment opportunities, housing, and rights.
Verdelski Miller understands the impact that a felony conviction could have on your freedom and your future. This is why we always make avoiding a conviction a top priority in these cases. Our team will strive to obtain an outright dismissal or reduction of the charges against you. If you’re charged with a Level 2 felony in Indiana, get in touch with our office today to discuss your best course of action.
Examples of Indiana Level 2 Felonies
Many offenses can be charged as Level 2 felonies in Indiana. Some of these offenses are strictly charged as Level 2 Felonies, while others are enhanced to Level 2 felony status under certain circumstances. The following are some of the common Level 2 felonies in Indiana:
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Kidnapping for ransom
- Child sex trafficking
- Burglary resulting in serious bodily injury
- Dealing or manufacturing narcotics (e.g. Dealing in methamphetamine of 10g or more)
Potential Imprisonment for Level 2 Felonies
All Indiana Level 2 felony charges are punishable by a term of imprisonment of 10 to 30 years, with an advisory sentence of 17.5 years for aggravating circumstances. The judge will decide to go below or above the advisory sentence after considering factors such as personal characteristics, criminal history, and the nature of the crime.
While the majority of these sentences may be served in an Indiana Department of Correction facility, the law gives the Courts a great leeway to order sentences to be served in alternative facilities. The courts can warrant many sentences to be served in a work release program, in-home detention, or even in probation.
For most of the accused, avoiding jail is the top priority. The latitude the law affords to the courts in imposing sentences for Level 2 felonies in Indiana allows us to not only pursue a reduction in the length of a sentence but also propose sentencing structures that minimize the impact a conviction would have on your life and daily affairs.
Potential Fines for Indiana Level 2 Felonies
All Level 2 Felonies in Indiana carry the potential of fines of up to $10,000. While Indiana law gives the Courts the authority to impose huge fines, it also gives them a great level of discretion. This discretion allows us to minimize the penalties you might face. The difference between getting hit with a substantial fine and getting your fine suspended in full or significantly minimized is often more than enough to pay for the legal fees associated with professional representation.
Keep in mind that Indiana law has certain requirements and sentencing enhancements for “habitual offenders”. This means that the state may pursue a greater sentence for you as a habitual offender for felony charges by claiming you’ve met the required number of previous unrelated felony convictions within the required timeframe.
Let Us Fight Your Indiana Level 2 Felony Charge
Being charged with a criminal offense can be an overwhelming experience. A conviction could affect your ability to find a job, your housing, custody of your children, opportunities, and much more. This is why you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side to help ease the burden that comes with the charges.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help protect your rights, fight your accusations, and keep you informed along the way. Call Verdelski Miller at 812-842-0998 to schedule a case evaluation, or fill out our quick contact form and we’ll reach out to discuss the details of your case.