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Felony Offenses

A felony offense is the most serious of offenses in Tennessee and unlike misdemeanors that carry a maximum period of incarceration of 11 months and 29 days, a felony conviction can carry a sentence of one year of incarceration up to life in prison or the death penalty for the most serious of offenses.

Being convicted of a felony charge has very serious consequences. In addition to time in prison, a felony record can make it hard to obtain or keep a job or a professional license. Felony convictions can also expose you to longer sentences in the future if you are ever convicted of another crime.

If you are charged with a felony or believe you are about to be charged with a felony, do not hesitate to contact our office. We can explain to you what to expect in court and how to prepare your case to protect your rights and give you the best chance of a good outcome.

Our legislature in Tennessee has organized types of felonies by five different classes, ranging from a Class A Felony (the most serious offenses) to a Class E Felony, the least serious of felony offenses. Punishment for a felony offense will vary based on an individual’s criminal history and may vary based on other enhancement factors. In general, however, the legislature has established the following ranges of sentencing for felony offenses in Tennessee:

  • Class A Felony—After crimes punishable by death, Class A felonies are the most serious offenses and can carry sentences in prison between 15 and 60 years and fines up to $50,000.
  • Class B Felony—A Class B felony can carry between 8 and 30 years of incarceration and fines up to $25,000
  • Class C Felony—A Class C felony can carry between 3 and 15 years in prison and fines up to $10,000
  • Class D Felony—A Class D felony can carry between 2 and 12 years of time in prison and fines up to $5,000
  • Class E Felony—A Class E felony can carry between 1 and 6 years in prison and fines up to $3,000

In addition to defending a case on its merits, our office will discuss a defense strategy with you that may include negotiating your case down to a misdemeanor charge and advocating for some form of sentencing other than incarceration. If you have been charged with a felony offense, know that it is the most serious of criminal offenses that you can face and that you should consult with a criminal defense attorney immediately.


The Law Office of Kevin Teets represents clients in the areas of Davidson, Sumner, Williamson, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford and Wilson Counties.



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