Many people understand that felony charges are reserved for the most serious of crimes. People know that these include murder and other violent crimes, sex crimes and weapons charges. However, people may not be aware that there are a lot of different types of felonies. Some of these felony charges can even apply when no one is physically hurt by another person's conduct.
When people are charged with crimes, it is very important that they understand what they are being charged with. All criminal charges are not created equal and people can face very different penalties depending on the specific crime they face. In general, felonies are the most serious types of crimes. Felonies include most violent crimes including murder.
When people think of felony charges, they often think about very serious crimes. These crimes include sex crimes, felony drug charges and violent crimes. Many people probably do not think about theft -- especially pick pocketing -- as being a felony. However, under the right circumstances, Oregonians who have stolen from another can face felonies and very serious penalties.
In North Portland, a man was recently arrested for violent crimes and on weapons charges. Specifically, the felonies against him included unlawful possession of a firearm, attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
When people think about felony charges they may think about violent crimes, murder, weapons charges or drug charges. However, many misdemeanor crimes have corresponding felonies which can apply under certain circumstances. Take shoplifting for example. In some cases, theft is only a misdemeanor charge. However, if the amount stolen is high enough, or other factors are present, the charges can be increased to a felony.