Due to the broad range of felony crimes, criminal law in Indiana created six felony levels, with Level 1 reserved for the most serious crimes and Level 6 being the least serious.
Indiana felony levels and penalty ranges:
- Level 1 felony: Prison for 20 to 40 years, 30-year advisory sentence
- Level 2 felony: Prison for 10 to 30 years, 17.5-year advisory sentence
- Level 3 felony: Prison for 3 to 16 years, 9-year advisory sentence
- Level 4 felony: Prison for 2 to 12 years, 6-year advisory sentence
- Level 5 felony: Prison for 1 to 6 years, 3-year advisory sentence
- Level 6 felony: Prison for six months to 2.5 years, 1-year advisory sentence
Felony convictions can also produce fines of up to $10,000.
Murder represents a particular unclassified felony. A conviction can result in up to life in prison or possibly the death penalty.
Enhanced felony sentences are possible under a number of circumstances, including:
Convictions for certain firearm offenses or gang activity
Aggravating factors, like habitual offender or violation of court orders
Depending on the felony level, an enhanced sentence could add two to 20 more years of prison time.
Alternatively, a judge could issue a lenient sentence. In some cases, a felony sentence might not include prison time. A judge could suspend a prison sentence and limit penalties to probation and other court orders.
Pretrial diversion may be something that you could explore with a criminal lawyer in Indiana. In some cases, a lawyer could work out a deal that allows the court to take corrective action against you without directly pursuing a criminal conviction.