Wyoming defines a felony as an offense that can have a criminal punishment of at least one year in prison. The state of Wyoming does not separate its felonies into different classes, like most other states do; instead each felony is placed into a category with a degree. Each category has its own punishment range. For example aggravated robbery is a higher degree of offense than simple robbery, thus aggravated robbery carries more serious punishments. Felonies and misdemeanors are similar but have different grades of punishment based on the severity of the crime. Felony sentences are served in state or federal prisons while misdemeanor sentences are served in county or local jails.
Murder in the first degree is the most severe felony in Wyoming and can be punished by life in prison without parole, by life in prison, or by death. Death is a possibility, depending on the circumstances, because Wyoming allows the capital punishment.
Sexual assault in the first degree can be punishable by as few as five years in prison and as much as fifty years in prison but no more. Aggravated robbery is the offense of robbery while using a deadly weapon and is punishable by no more than twenty-five years in prison and no less than five years.
Aggravated vehicular homicide can have punishments as high as twenty years in prison for a single offense.
Kidnapping charges vary depending on the circumstances. If the child is released voluntarily, is unharmed, and is in a safe environment before the trial commences, then the maximum punishment can be as high as twenty years in prison. If the child is not released voluntarily, is unharmed, and is in a safe environment before the trial commences, then the individuals is subject to sentencing no less than twenty years to as much as life in prison.
Sexual assault in the second degree carries punishments no greater than twenty years in prison and no less than two years in prison.
Arson in the first degree can have punishments as high as twenty years and no more with a fine no more than twenty thousand dollars. This fine can also be twice the insurance amount of damages caused by the fire when the fire was started for insurance collection purposes. Larceny can have punishments no greater than ten years in prison with or without a fine of no more than ten thousand dollars. This fine is possible if the property value exceeds one thousand dollars.
Driving under the influence is a felony charge that can have imprisonment sentences up to ten years with or without a fine as much as five thousand dollars. This felony charge can have longer prison terms depending on the number of prior offenses.
The state of Wyoming does not allow any felony offense to be expunged from an individual’s records. The felonious records may only be expunged if the charges were dismissed in court or if there was no prosecution against the individual. No statutes of limitations exist for prosecuting felonies on Wyoming.