Type of Felonies in Nebraska
Felonies are termed as crimes, which are punishable from a year in prison, up to life imprisonment. In Nebraska, felonies are divided into classes, depending on the severity and the intention of the crime.
These classes are from I to IV, and every class has its own subcategory as well. Class I crimes are determined to be the most serious, while Class IV crimes are determined to be the least serious ones.
Class I Felony
Class I felonies include heinous crimes like first-degree murder, planned kidnapping, and in some cases, sexual abuse. As Class I felonies fall under the category of the most heinous and grave crimes, it makes sense that the punishment should match the deed. Thus, in almost all felonies pertaining to Class I, the death penalty is awarded.
Class IA Felony
Class IA felonies include crimes such as murder, arson, and kidnapping in their mix, which cause a grave loss to life. The punishment for Class IA felonies includes a lifetime in prison. The possibility of parole can either be accepted or rejected, depending on the type of crime that was committed.
Class IB Felonies
Class IB felonies include those kinds of crimes which had been committed with a violent disregard for human life or for the person who was the victim. These kinds of felonies include manslaughter, burglary, aggravated assault, and sexual assault of a child in the first degree.
Class IB felonies are punishable from 20 years in prison, up to life imprisonment, depending on the severity of the crime. For cases of sexual assault, for example, the convict will have to spend the rest of their life in prison.
Class IC Felonies
Class IC felonies include robbery, committing crimes with a deadly weapon, and possession of illegal substances including drugs in large amounts. The punishment for felonies classified under Class IC entail a prison sentence of a minimum of 5 years in prison, and a maximum of 50 years. The minimum sentence is mandatory in this class of felonies.
Class ID Felonies
Class ID felonies include possession of illegal substances in small quantities, but which are still above the prescribed limit. In addition, assault on a police officer, doctor or nurse, and manufacture and possession of child pornography also falls under this category.
The punishment for Class ID felonies entails prison time of 3 years minimum, up to 50 years maximum. The minimum sentence is mandatory in these kinds of felonies.
Class II Felonies
Class II felonies include the following crimes in their purview: assault, human trafficking, assault in the first degree, and sexual crimes of the first degree. The Punishment for Class II felonies range from 1 year in prison minimum, up to 50 years in prison maximum, depending on the severity of the crime.
Class III Felonies
Class III felonies include strangulation with a dangerous instrument, forgery in the first degree, manufacture and distribution of certain drugs, assault in the second degree, and sexual assault in the second degree. Class III felonies include punishments of up to 20 years in prison, a fine of $25000, or both.
Class IIIA Felonies
Class IIIA felonies include the manufacture and distribution of certain kinds of drugs and trying to entice a child. The punishment for Class IIIA felonies includes imprisonment of up to 5 years, a fine of $10000, or both.
Class IV Felonies
Class IV felonies include cases of provoking someone to do illegal activities or commit suicide and forgery in the second degree. The punishment for Class IV felonies includes 5 years in prison, a fine of $10000, or both.