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Nine Possible Felony Sentences If You’re Charged in South Dakota

Jeff Cole
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8/12/2015
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If you have been charged with a felony, you may be concerned about the length of a prison sentence should you be convicted. South Dakota has nine classes of felonies—Class A carries the most severe maximum sentence, and Class 6 is the least severe.

Understanding South Dakota’s Felony Classifications

Unless specified by a particular criminal statute, each class of felony has a maximum sentence that could be imposed. However, not everyone will receive the maximum sentence. These classes and maximum sentences include:

  • Class A. Death or life in prison with no possibility of a lighter sentence and a fine of up to $50,000. An example of this crime is first-degree murder.
  • Class B. Life in prison with no possibility of a lighter sentence and a fine of up to $50,000. Examples include second-degree murder and first-degree aggravated kidnapping where the victim suffers an injury.
  • Class C. Life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. Examples include first-degree rape and aggravated kidnapping.
  • Class 1. Up to 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. An example of this crime is second-degree rape.
  • Class 2. Up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. Examples include first-degree arson, theft, and burglary
  • Class 3. Up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000. Examples include second-degree kidnapping and aggravated assault.
  • Class 4. Up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. Examples include second-degree arson, robbery, and manslaughter.
  • Class 5. Up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Examples include second offense internet gambling and making a terrorist threat.
  • Class 6. Up to 2 years in prison and a fine of up to $4,000. Examples include first offense internet gambling and sale of child pornography.

Each felony crime can have multiple classifications with different maximum sentences, depending on the severity of the crime. No matter what felony conviction you face, it is important to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after you have been arrested.

If you have been charged with a felony, our experienced criminal defense team is here to help you. At Zimmer, Duncan & Cole, LLP, we will explain your legal rights, give you an honest evaluation of your case, and fight to get the charges dismissed or reduced. Fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation.

 



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