The state of Indiana classifies felonies into different levels (level 1 to level 6), with level 1 being the most serious and level 6 being the least serious. While getting charged with a level 6 felony in Indiana might seem less intimidating, it is still a serious legal matter that potentially carries severe consequences, including jail time and hefty fines.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a level 6 felony in Indiana, you should understand that your best chance of securing the most favorable outcome lies with working with an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer.
At Verdelski Miller Law, we have years of experience handling all kinds of criminal cases. Depending on the specifics of your case, we can get your level 6 felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor or dismissed, or we can help secure a not-guilty verdict. Also, if you’ve already been convicted of a level 6 felony, we can help get that conviction expunged.
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Types of Crimes Classified as a Level 6 Felony in Indiana
Theft is one of the most common criminal offenses in Indiana. Indiana theft laws define theft as intentionally or knowingly exercising unauthorized control over another person’s property to deprive the other person of any part of its value or use. This offense is generally classified as a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Indiana.
However, it can be charged as a Level 6 felony if (i) the property involved is worth $750 or more but less than $50,000, (ii) the defendant has a prior unrelated conviction for theft or criminal conversion (knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over another person’s property minus the intent to deprive the owner of its value or use), or (iii) the stolen property is a firearm.
The penalty for a Level 6 felony theft offense in Indiana includes a fixed prison term ranging from 6 months to 2.5 years and fines of up to $10,000.
Under Indiana Law, fraud is defined as knowingly or intentionally obtaining property or services by pretenses, representation, promise, or material omission. Fraud is generally categorized as a Class A misdemeanor in Indiana.
However, it can be charged as a Level 6 felony in Indiana when the value of the property or services obtained by pretenses, representation, promise, or material omission is worth $750 or more but less than $50,000, or if the defendant has a prior fraud-related conviction.
The penalty for a Level 6 felony fraud offense in Indiana includes a fixed term of imprisonment ranging from 6 months to 2.5 years and fines of up to $10,000.
Auto theft is classified as a Level 6 felony in Indiana. It is defined as the act of knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over another person’s motor vehicle to deprive the owner of its value/use or any of its parts. Under Indiana Code 35-43-4-2.5, any person who knowingly or intentionally receives, retains, or disposes of a motor vehicle or any part of a motor vehicle stolen from another person commits receiving stolen auto parts, which is a level 6 felony.
If the accused has a prior conviction, the current charge automatically becomes a Level 5 felony. A conviction for a level 6 auto theft felony offense in Indiana carries a fixed imprisonment term ranging from 6 months to two and a half years and a maximum fine of $10,000.
Dealing a controlled substance
Under Indiana law, a person commits dealing in a schedule I, II, or III controlled substance as a Level 6 felony if:
a) They knowingly or intentionally manufacture/finance the manufacture of, deliver/finance the delivery of a controlled substance or controlled substance analog (excluding marijuana, hashish, salvia, or hash oil) classified in schedule I, or a controlled substance or controlled substance analog classified in schedule II or III. Or
b) They possess the controlled substances intending to manufacture/finance the manufacture of, deliver/finance the delivery of the controlled substances.
Under Indiana law, dealing in a Schedule IV controlled substance or controlled substance analog is a Level 6 felony if the amount of the drug involved is less than 30 grams.
The penalties for a Level 6 dealing in a controlled substance felony offense in Indiana include up to 2.5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Get In Touch With A Qualified Indiana Criminal Defense Attorney Today!
While they are among the least severe felony offenses, level 6 felonies in Indiana can still lead to heavy penalties including years in prison and heavy fines, which can do a lot of damage to your personal and professional life. It is thus, in your best interest to ensure that you secure the best legal defense available to minimize or outright avoid these consequences.
Indiana law offers people charged with level 6 felonies the opportunity to have their charges reduced to misdemeanors as well as have any prior level 6 felony convictions expunged. However, to successfully achieve this, you need the assistance of a qualified and competent attorney.
At Verdelski Miller, we are committed to ensuring the best possible outcome for our clients. We have a proven track record of fighting for the rights and freedom of people facing level 6 felony and other criminal charges in Indiana. We can do the same for you. Reach out to our expert legal team today at 812-842-0998 for an effective level 6 felony Indiana defense.