Felony charges in Arizona are classified by the following:
Class 1: This is the most serious type of felony charge. First- and second-degree murder are the only Class 1 felonies in Arizona. A first-degree murder conviction can be punishable by death or life in prison, while second-degree murder can bring 16 years to life in a state penitentiary.
Class 2: Offenses such as producing or creating child pornography are Class 2 felonies. A conviction of a Class 2 felony can bring up to 12½ years in state prison.
Class 3: Class 3 felonies such as cultivation of four or more pounds of marijuana can bring sentences up to eight years and nine months in prison.
Class 4: A Class 4 felony offense can bring up to three years and nine months in prison. The theft of property worth between $3,000 and $4,000 is considered a Class 4 felony.
Class 5: Felony offenses for which legislators have not specified a class are oftentimes charged as Class 5 felonies. Pimping and pandering prostitution is considered a Class 5 felony. Conviction of a Class 5 felony can bring up to two years and six months in state prison.
Class 6: The least serious felony offenses are classified as Class 6 felonies. These offenses can bring a maximum of two years in prison.
In addition to the above penalties, all convicted felons can be required to pay fines up to $150,000, or even more for felony drug crimes. Prison sentences can be lengthened if the offender has a history of previous felony convictions, if a crime was particularly heinous, or if the victim of the crime was older than age 65.
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