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When an individual commits a crime, they are charged in accordance with the severity and circumstances of what they have done. The Arizona criminal justice system defines most criminal charges prosecuted at the state level as misdemeanors or felonies depending on their severity.

Felony charges are considered the most serious type of criminal charge, often resulting in lengthy jail or prison sentences and significant fines. They also have other unintended consequences as well, including negative effects on professional licensing, diminished standing in the community, and more.

As a result, facing a felony charge can be incredibly intimidating. These cases have the capacity to change your entire life and negatively affect your future. If you are facing a felony charge, it is imperative that you find an attorney you trust to represent your interests in court.


Here at The Law Office of Adam Dippel, PLLC, we specialize in representing those who are facing felony charges. Attorney Adam Dippel has extensive experience defending a variety of felony charges and has devoted his firm to these types of cases. Attorney Adam Dippel understands how difficult it is to face these cases and what is at stake for his clients. He works diligently to provide exhaustive and formidable representation for all clients facing felony charges.

Our experience in this practice area allows us to provide exemplary representation. Our significant experience and record of successful defenses strategies give you the best chance of maintaining your innocence and dismantling the prosecution’s case. Attorney Dippel will work closely with you through each stage of your felony case, helping you determine your best available defenses and ensuring the prosecution follows all applicable laws of due process within the Arizona criminal justice system.


Felony charges occur in a wide variety of different scenarios. There is no one type of crime that results in felony charges. To help distinguish these crimes, Arizona law separates felonies into distinct categories called classes. The class reflects the severity of the crime involved and indicates the extent of the penalties. In Arizona, felonies start at class 6, the lowest class of felony, and range up to class 1, the highest class felony.

Class 6 Felonies

Class 6 felonies are the least severe, and some may even be categorized as misdemeanors under certain circumstances. Class 6 felonies may include:

  • Theft of items valued between $1,000 and $2,000
  • Stealing a weapon
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia or less than two pounds of marijuana without the intent to sell
  • Witness tampering

The offender may also face fines or restitution depending on the situation.

Class 5 Felonies

Class 5 felonies are more serious than class 6. Examples of class 5 felonies include:

  • Credit card theft
  • Stalking
  • Aggravated domestic violence

Depending on the situation, fines or restitution penalties may also apply.

Class 4 Felonies

Examples of Class 4 felonies include:

  • Drug possession
  • Possessing a credit card scanning device that will defraud the cardholder
  • Theft of items valued at $3,000 to $4,000
  • Assault that includes strangulation

The average penalty for a class 4 felony is 1.5 to 3 years in prison. In addition, offenders may experience possible fines and restitution when applicable.

Class 3 Felonies

Examples include:

  • Auto theft
  • Burglary (illegally entering a residential structure with the intent to steal or commit a felony therein)
  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
Class 2 Felonies

Class 2 felonies are some of the most serious offenses recognized by Arizona law. Examples include:

  • Armed robbery
  • Sex trafficking
  • Manslaughter
  • Manufacturingmethamphetamines
Class 1 Felonies

Class 1 felonies are the most serious offenses recognized by Arizona law. In fact, there are only two types of crimes that fall into this category:

  • First-degree murder
  • Second-degree murder

Murder is punishable by up to life in prison or, in some extreme circumstances, the death penalty. These are some of the most severe criminal charges anyone can face, and it is essential to have defense counsel you can trust in this challenging situation. If you face any Class 1 felony charge, it is vital to have an Arizona felony crimes attorney working on your defense as soon as possible after your arrest.


Aside from the offenses listed above, drug charges can lead to felonies as well, depending upon the situation. Drug penalties vary in severity depending on the circumstances of the crime and any prior offenses committed by the defendant. The severity of the penalties may also change based on the type of drug involved and the amount of the substance in question.

As an offender accumulates more drug felonies, sentencing will often increase in accordance with the number of offenses involved and the felony classification.


It is important to note that there are many unintended consequences to felony charges. A criminal record, especially one that includes felony conviction, can have significant negative effects on various aspects of your life. These include but are not limited to:

  • Inability to find secure or safe housing
  • Inability to get a job or secure professional licensure
  • Inability to become a citizen of the United State
  • Exclusion from voting and jury duty
  • Ineligibility to own a weapon
  • Fractured relationships with friends and family

Secure the services of a skilled Arizona felony crimes lawyer to fight these charges and mitigate their effect on your life.


Securing defense counsel as soon as possible should your top concern after an arrest on any felony charge. Depending on the type of charges you face, your attorney can preserve the freshness of material evidence and ensure the reliability of witness testimony that may support your defense. You have the Constitutional right to legal counsel after an arrest, and your defense attorney could potentially mean the difference between acquittal and conviction.

If you are facing felony charges, it is critical to contact us as soon as possible. Attorney Adam Dippel at The Law Office of Adam Dippel, PLLC, will assess your case, provide you with expert legal advice, and ensure that you receive the best felony defense in Arizona. Schedule a consultation today.

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