There are several classes of crimes in Pennsylvania including murders, felonies, misdemeanors, and summary offenses.
The penalties for murder are obviously the most serious and can include the death penalty. While a summary offense is the least severe, the penalties can also be serious. Within each classification of offense, there may also be sub-categories of offenses that carry varying penalties.
The different classes of offenses can be difficult to keep track of and may be confusing. Here is a general overview of the different types of offenses and their associated penalties: