The classification for crime as a violent felony varies by state law and the circumstances surrounding the crime. States have either authorized or in some instances mandated longer periods of incarceration and other harsher penalties for those convicted of violent crimes as opposed to nonviolent felonies. Violent felonies typically include offenses such as murder, rape, carjacking, aggravated assault and aggravated sexual abuse, kidnapping arson, crimes involving firearms or other offenses which typically have an element of physical force or the threat thereof. Since convection often violent felony not only involves harsher sentencing penalties, but is also counted toward habitual offender, career criminal or similar status. Those charged with the violent felony should seek qualified legal counsel when defending their cases. There may be mitigating factors or special aspects of your case that would qualify you for a lesser sentence under the law.