Felony Crimes

The Felony Division reviews all felony complaints and files felony cases for all of St. Joseph County. This division works closely with all of the police agencies in St. Joseph County, including all of the cities, towns, university and federal law enforcement agencies.

Felony Cases are any crime for which the penalty is more than one year. Typical cases for the Felony Division include, but are not limited to, murder, robbery, aggravated battery, rape, and child molestation. The sentences for the seven classes of felonies are as follows.


Sentencing Range:
  • Minimum: 45 years
  • Advisory: 55 years
  • Maximum: 65 years and up to $10,000 fine; also eligible under limited, statutorily-established circumstances for Life Imprisonment Without the Possibility of Parole, or Death Penalty

Level 1 Felony

Sentencing Range:
  • Minimum: 20 years
  • Advisory: 30 years
  • Maximum: 40 years and up to $10,000 fine

Level 2 Felony

Sentencing Range:
  • Minimum: 10 years
  • Advisory: 17.5 years
  • Maximum: 30 years and up to $10,000 fine

Level 3 Felony

Sentencing Range:
  • Minimum: 3 years
  • Advisory: 9 years
  • Maximum: 16 years and up to $10,000 fine

Level 4 Felony

Sentencing Range:
  • Minimum: 2 years
  • Advisory: 6 years
  • Maximum: 12 years and up to $10,000 fine

Level 5 Felony

Sentencing Range:
  • Minimum: 1 years
  • Advisory: 3 years
  • Maximum: 6 years and up to $10,000 fine

Level 6 Felony

Sentencing Range:
  • Minimum: 6 months
  • Advisory: 1 years
  • Maximum: 2.5 years and up to $10,000 fine
A Judge may also sentence someone convicted of a Level 6 Felony as if they were convicted of a Class A Misdemeanor, which has a sentence of 0 to 1 year in jail and up to $5,000 fine.