What is a Class 2 Felony?

Patrick Roland

In the United States, a felony is one of the most serious crimes for which a person can be charged. A class 2 felony can represent a variety of crimes, ranging from manslaughter to bigamy. The punishment for this type of felony is equally far ranging, often resulting in prison time and a large fine. This type of felony continues its punishment even after the convicted person is released from prison, because some of his or her rights are stripped away.

Those found guilty of a Class 2 felony are often sent to prison.
Those found guilty of a Class 2 felony are often sent to prison.

A felony, in the U.S. court system, is any crime that carries a punishment of more than one year in prison. These crimes are considered more serious in the eyes of the court system than lesser crimes, which are known as misdemeanors. After a felony is established, it is further classified by giving it a corresponding number or letter. Crimes can range from a class 1 felony to a class 6 felony, based on severity, although some states use a different cataloging system with letters representing the same classifications. For example, a class B felony is the same as a class 2 felony.

Serious felonies may be punishable by death.
Serious felonies may be punishable by death.

A class 2 felony usually is the second most serious type of felony, behind a class 1. The first class is reserved for violent crimes, such as murder. Class 2 felonies still can be violent, such as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon or manslaughter while intoxicated. In addition, a nonviolent crime such as possession of large amounts of marijuana, human trafficking, arson, robbery and even bigamy often is considered to be this type of crime.

Human trafficking is considered a class 2 felony.
Human trafficking is considered a class 2 felony.

The punishment for these crimes can vary greatly. Penalties for committing a class 2 felony are based on factors such as the severity of the crime, the defendant's previous prison record and intent. These felonies carry prison sentences ranging from two to 20 years. Also, they can have a fine added to the sentence as high as $10,000 US Dollars.

Nonviolent crimes like possession of large amounts of marijuana are class 2 felonies.
Nonviolent crimes like possession of large amounts of marijuana are class 2 felonies.

The prison time and financial loss associated with committing a felony in the U.S. are not the only punishment for a convicted felon. These people also lose the right to vote in any U.S. election, are ineligible for public office, cannot serve on a jury, cannot obtain certain licenses such as a visa and cannot legally own firearms or ammunition. Also, finding a job often is difficult because many employers will not hire anyone who has been convicted of a felony.

The Gun Control Act of 1968 governs the sale and distribution of guns and their ammunition.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 governs the sale and distribution of guns and their ammunition.
Anyone accused of automobile theft who threatened or harmed the vehicle's owner or passengers will nearly always face felony charges.
Anyone accused of automobile theft who threatened or harmed the vehicle's owner or passengers will nearly always face felony charges.
Felons are not allowed to own firearms.
Felons are not allowed to own firearms.

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Discussion Comments

anon324950

I have a second degree felony which occurred almost five years ago. What can I do to get it removed?

anon303522

My child's father is facing five years for a class 2 felony. With good behavior, how early could he get out?

anon271050

One dollar each? I don't fully understand that, although it is very easy for a bail bondsmen to figure out a real name by comparing it to the crime in the area by working with law enforcement or whomever.

The time he faces depends on the state and of course, the actual crime. If he has been issued warrants at all, that simply means that he didn't show up to court and there will be an additional charge on top of the initial felony. What's the charge, and in what state?

anon249803

My husband is charged with a class 2 felony and has two bails which are worth one dollar each which are under a fake name he had given. The warrants were issued as long as three years ago. How long is he facing?

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