What is a Class E Felony in Missouri, and What Crimes Fall Under It?

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What is a Class E Felony in Missouri?

 In the Missouri State Court System, a felony is the highest charge level. It is often less severe than a federal charge but far more severe than a local code violation or a misdemeanor.The difference between misdemeanors and felonies depends on the type of crime and its impact. For instance, how harmful was the incident, the value of the property, damaged or stolen, etc.?Felonies are serious issues that can harm your reputation and quality of life, as they can lead to imprisonment, heavy fines, and other consequences. However, you can speak with criminal defense professionals in Missouri to fight for you and regain your freedom.This article will examine a Class E felony, its meaning, and how you may deal with it. 

What Type of Crimes Fall Under Class E Felony in Missouri?

 Crimes committed in Missouri fall into multiple classes that determine the severity of a person’s sentence. Class E crimes are the lowest rating in the classification system.Class E Felonies are mid-level crimes involving violent assaults, involuntary manslaughter, and common-law robbery. Class E felonies can include the following as written in Chapter 565 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri. 

Involuntary Manslaughter in the 2nd Degree

A person commits 2nd Involuntary Manslaughter if they behave criminally negligent and causes the death of another person. 

Domestic Assault in the 3rd Degree

A person commits third-degree domestic assault if they seek to inflict bodily damage or intentionally cause physical discomfort or disease to a domestic victim, as defined in section 565.002 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri

Harassment in the 1st Degree

A person commits first-degree harassment when they willfully and frequently harass another person by following such person, engaging in the course of behavior, or repeatedly performing acts that leave such person in reasonable fear of physical harm. 

Parental Kidnapping

When a parent takes a child away from the other parent without a court order that grants them custody of the child, such parent can be charged for parental kidnapping under section 565.153 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri if he takes the child away, inside or outside Missouri, with the intent to deprive the other parent or a public agency of custody. 

Child Molestation in the 4th Degree

Fourth-degree child molestation occurs when the alleged molester is more than four years older than the alleged victim.Other Crimes that Fall Under Class E Felony Include:

  • Incest
  • Counterfeiting
  • Driving with a revoked or suspended license
  • Deceptive business practices
  • Engaging in pyramid sales schemes
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Tampering with computer data to defraud or obtain property
  • Stalking in the 1st and 2nd degree

 Class E Felony PenaltiesA Class E felony can carry four years imprisonment or a one-year jail term depending on the case. The court might also impose a fine of about $10,000. Under this felony category, there is also the possibility of probation.Do not waste any more time if you need help with a Class E felony. Reach out to our experienced criminal defense team and get the help you need today.

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