Nebraska has a wide range of criminal offense categories into which felonies can be classified. Misdemeanors and felonies are the same as in other states. Instead of categorizing crimes alphabetically, they are divided into major offenses and degrees.
Capital Offense in Nebraska
In Nebraska, a capital offense is defined as First Degree Murder. Whether a person is killed in a robbery, kidnapping, or hijacking, the offense exists if the person is killed deliberately and with intent. Capital offenses are frequently combined with First Degree Sexual Assault.
Arson Charges in Nebraska
Depending on the severity of the fires, arson can be classified as a felony or a misdemeanor. Arson is defined as committing arson and causing an explosion in the hope of injuring another as a first or second degree felony. This includes felony criminal mischief, burglary, and robbery all at once. Arson is a misdemeanor of the third degree.
Assault in Nebraska
Assault is classified as a first, second, or third degree felony offense. The intentional and knowing serious bodily injury to another person constitutes first-degree assault. Second-degree assault is the intentional bodily injury of another person while using a dangerous object. Third-degree assault occurs when a person knowingly and recklessly causes bodily harm to another person while also threatening them.
Burglary in Nebraska
Burglary is a felony when a vehicle or vessel is taken from a structure after an unauthorized entry. Larceny is also included in this category and is frequently combined with burglary.
Nebraska Criminal Misbehavior
Criminal mischief is considered a felony when property is damaged, intentionally tampered with, endangers another, or causes financial loss. This monetary loss must exceed $300 in order for the crime to be classified as a felony; otherwise, the crime will be classified as a misdemeanor under criminal mischief.
Nebraska Drug Crimes
Drug felonies are in violation of drug laws, which require that anyone who violates any drug law be charged. Depending on the amount of drugs in possession, drug laws can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies.
Forgery in Nebraska
When there is the intent to harm or deceive, forgery is considered a felony. Forgery of stamps, money, securities, or any other valuable government instrument worth more than $75 — stocks, bank notes, bonds, etc. All types of forgery are misdemeanors. Conviction is based on the amount of forgery.
Other Felonies in Nebraska
Manslaughter is a serious felony offense when committed with carelessness and recklessness. Murder is a felony in the homicide jurisdiction when it is attempted or committed.
Sexual assault is almost always considered a felony in the first and second degrees. Depending on the amount stolen, theft and robbery are also felonies.
Expungement in Nebraska
Expungement is the legal process of erasing, destroying, or removing criminal records or information from files and computers. In Nebraska, an individual who has been wrongfully arrested for a crime may have his or her records expunged. A petition with the criminal history record relating to the error must be filed in district court. The judge has sole discretion in granting an expungement.