A felony is the most serious category of crimes, typically punishable by at least a year in prison but possibly much longer. In some states, certain felony convictions bring the possibility of the death sentence. Even less serious felony crime convictions can have serious ramifications, including incarceration, mandatory fines, community service requirements, probation, the loss of professional licenses and other punishments. If you're being investigated in connection with a felony crime, or have been indicted, arrested and/or charged with a crime, hire a felony defense attorney immediately. Your felony lawyer can represent and defend you starting during the earliest stages of the criminal investigation. If felony charges have been brought against you, a felony defense law firm can attempt to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecutor, while also preparing for your criminal trial, defending you at trial, representing you at sentencing and assisting with any appeals.