South Dakota Felonies
A felony in the state of South Dakota can be defined as a crime that
can be punished by an imprisonment term in a state prison. Misdemeanor
offenses, on the other hand, are served in local or county jails. South
Dakota has more felony classifications than any other state with nine
different classes for the offenses. These classifications begin
alphabetically with Class A Felonies through Class C Felonies and
progress numerically to Class 1 Felonies though Class 6 Felonies.
Class A felonies are the most severe of crimes and include the criminal
offense of murder. This kind of felony is punishable by death or a life
in prison with a fine up to fifty thousand dollars. Class B Felonies
include arson, aggravated kidnapping, and others. These felonies can be
punished by up to life in prison with a fine up to fifty thousand
dollars. Class C Felonies are the last of the alphabetical felonies and
include manslaughter in the first degree, rape, kidnapping in the first
degree, and others. Punishments for Class C Felonies include up to life
in prison with a fine up to fifty thousand dollars.
Class 1 Felonies can hold punishments up to fifty years in prison with
a fine up to fifty thousand dollars. These kinds of felonies include
sexual crimes, aggravated kidnapping in the second degree, and others.
Class 2 Felonies can include white collar crimes, aggravated assault,
manslaughter in the first degree, robbery, and drug crimes deemed as
marijuana felonies. Class 2 Felonies are punishable by up to
twenty-five years in prison with a fine of no more than fifty thousand
dollars. Class 3 Felonies can have punishments of up to fifteen years
in a state prison with a fine of no more than thirty thousand dollars.
These felonies include sexual conduct with a minor, vehicular homicide,
burglary, and others. Class 4 Felonies can include theft and
manslaughter in the second degree and are punishable by no more than
ten years in a state prison with a fine of no more than twenty thousand
dollars. Class 5 Felonies can have punishments of up to five years in
prison with fines of no more than ten thousand dollars. Class 5
Felonies include driving under the influence as a felony, removal of a
child from the state, terrorist threats, and others. The last
classification of felonies in the Class 6 Felony that includes felony
stalking, killing a on-duty police dog, and others. These kinds of
felonies are punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of no
more than four thousand dollars.
South Dakota Felony Expungement
The state of South Dakota does not allow the expungement of any felony
offense records by any form of authority. However a statute of
limitations has been set into place for the state. These include
limitations for prosecution. There is no limitation for murder
offenses, Class A Felonies, Class B Felonies, or Class 1 Felonies. All
other felonies have a limitation of seven years.