What is the Punishment for a First-Time Felony Offender?
A felony is the worst crime you can be convicted of in Wyoming.
Many people contact us to ask what the likely punishment will be for first-time felony charges.
This question has a complicated answer, which we will look into more closely below.
Although it is true that a first-time offender is likely to receive a lenient sentence, you could still end up in jail.
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Possible Punishment Depends on the Crime
In some states, there are classes of felonies, which have standardized punishments.
So a Class 2 felony in some state might carry 5-10 years in prison as punishment.
A Class 3 felony might carry 10-15 years.
The law then identifies the class for each crime.
Wyoming is different. We set punishment based on the offense.
So there are no “classes” of felonies. To better understand how much time in prison you are facing, you will need to closely analyze the punishment available for your specific offense.
Here are some examples:
- First-degree sexual assault: 5-50 years in prison
- Possession of 3 or more ounces of marijuana: up to 5 years in prison, along with fines
- Burglary is punished by up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000
- First-degree arson is punished by up to 20 years and a fine up to $20,000
You can try to do legal research on your own, or you can meet with a criminal defense attorney to better understand what punishment you are facing.