Pennsylvania’s most serious felonies, for specific non-categorized crimes such as first degree murder, do not have assigned degrees.
These felonies are set apart from felonies of the first, second and third degrees.
What A Non-Classified Felony Means
Some crimes that can draw a non-classified felony:
- Murder of the first degree
- Murder of the second degree
- First degree manslaughter of a law enforcement officer
In Pennsylvania, crimes that fall under a non-categorized felony each have their own sentences. For example, a murder of the first degree conviction carries the punishment of death or life in prison. Murder of the second degree is punishable by life in prison.
How A Lawyer Can Help
Your lawyer can fully explain your charges and prepare an effective defense. They will work with you to determine your best course of action.
Pennsylvania Offense Classes and Gravity Scores
Offense classes and gravity scores are defined under The Pennsylvania Criminal Code under Title 204, Chapter 303. Read the code here.