What is a Class 6 Un-Designated Felony?

Posted by Raymond Kimble | Apr 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Class 6 Un-Desgnated Felonies Explained

In Maricopa County, Arizona Superior Court approximately ninety-five percent of all criminal felony cases are resolved prior to trial.  A small percentage of defendants are fortunate enough to enter a diversion program or have their cases dismissed.  The remaining cases  are concluded through a plea agreement.  In a plea agreement, individuals charged with crimes usually plead guilty to less serious charges or a smaller number of offenses.  In exchange for their guilty plea, the prosecutor will guarantee a specific result such as probation or a specific term in prison.  Plea agreements lessen the risk of a harsher sentence that a person might face if he or she is convicted at trial.  

One common plea agreement people may be offered are referred to as "Class 6 Un-Designated Felonies."  These types of plea offers are usually reserved for people who have no prior felony convictions.  Additionally, they generally involve less serious, non-violent offense such as theft, criminal trespass, drug possession, marijuana offenses, weapons charges or burglary.    

In a class 6 un-designated offense, a person is usually placed on un-supervised or supervised probation.  The terms of probation can vary, depending upon the nature of the crime, and may include a term of jail, a fine, community service, restitution, counseling, etc.  Usually, people who are on probation must pay monthly probation service fees in addition to any other monetary penalties.  The length of probation for a class 6 un-designted offense can last up to three years.

Although a class 6 un-designted offense is characterized as a felony until deemed otherwise, it does offer one huge benefit.  Specifically, the offense may be designated as a misdemeanor if an individual successfully completes all of their probation terms.  To be designated a misdemeanor,  a person's probation officer must notify the assigned judge that all probation terms have been satisfied and the judge must sign a formal order which states the offense is reduced to a misdemeanor.  If there are any probation terms outstanding, the offense cannot be reduced and will remain a felony.  

Obviously, there are tremendous benefits in complying with probation terms and having an offense reduced to a misdemeanor.  These include the restoration of civil rights, job, housing and credit opportunities.  

If you, a family member or loved one  is facing criminal charges in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe or another city in Maricopa County contact my office for a free and immediate consultation.  I have represented thousands of individuals in all types of criminal matters throughout Arizona during the last twenty years and have earned tremendous results for clients.  

Call (480) 833-8613 for a consultation today

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Raymond Kimble

About Raymond Kimble Attorney Raymond Kimble has built his law practice on the philosophy that each client deserves consistent individual attention. Ray realizes that being charged with a DUI or criminal offense is one of the most stressful events in a person's life. A DUI, felony or misdemeanor arrest can involve prison or jail time, probation, huge fines and a criminal record. Consequently, people who face DUI, felony or misdemeanor charges in Arizona are placed at risk of losing employment or being barred from future job opportunities. Ray works to lessen his client's anxiety by ensuring that they have direct access to him at all times and can reach him by e-mail, cell phone or text during normal business hours as well as nights or weekends if they have a pressing question or concern. Raymond Kimble is a dedicated DUI and criminal defense lawyer who has built a reputation of working tirelessly to protect his client's constitutional rights, their future and liberty. Ray strives to provide the strongest defense possible for each client despite the obstacles they may face. Put Experience to Work for You Raymond Kimble's twenty years of experience with respect to DUI, misdemeanor and felony criminal charges extends well beyond law school where he graduated within the top ten percent of his class. Ray was a police officer for ten years prior to becoming an attorney. As a police officer, Ray was trained in both DUI and criminal investigation and his personal involvement in criminal cases while a police officer certainly gives him a unique perspective when reviewing police reports, interviewing witnesses and challenging physical evidence. Ray often identifies legal issues or mistakes made by police during an investigation through his own personal experience as a patrol officer. In addition to his police experience, Raymond Kimble worked as a prosecutor with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office where he was responsible for prosecuting DUI, felony and misdemeanor crimes. During his tenure as a prosecutor, Ray conducted a number of jury trials and hearings related to the admissibility of evidence. Through his involvement with these cases as a prosecutor, Ray learned how to properly evaluate the strength and weaknesses of a DUI, misdemeanor or felony charge and became skilled in jury selection, argument, and the direct and cross examination of both civilian witnesses, experts and police officers. Of course, Raymond Kimble's expertise extends beyond his experience as a police officer and prosecutor. Specifically, Ray has successfully represented thousands of people during the last fifteen years throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. To best serve his Clients, Raymond remains current on changes in the law as well as police tactics by regularly attending seminars focused on defending criminal charges and reading the latest articles and books related to DUI and criminal defense. Ray also regularly writes criminal defense blogs and posts so that people faced with a criminal charge are better informed about their rights.


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