There are five felony offender classifications in Tennessee – especially mitigated, standard, multiple, persistent, and career. For most felonies, your classification determines both the number of years you may be sentenced to and the percentage of your sentence you have to serve before you are parole eligible. Therefore, it is very important to understand felony offender ranges in Tennessee.
The career offender is a defendant who has received:
(1) Any combination of six (6) or more Class A, B or C prior felony convictions, and the defendant’s conviction offense is a Class A, B or C felony;
(2) At least three (3) Class A or any combination of four (4) Class A or Class B felony convictions if the defendant’s conviction offense is a Class A or B felony; or
(3) At least six (6) prior felony convictions of any classification if the defendant’s conviction offense is a Class D or E felony.
Tennessee Code Annotated section 40-35-108.
As you can see below, career offenders face signicant jail time if found guilty:
A Felony – 60 years at 60%
B Felony – 30 years at 60%
C Felony – 15 years at 60%
D Felony – 12 years at 60%
E Felony – 6 years at 60%
As always, talk with a lawyer about the specific details of your case. Some crimes have unique sentences and release eligibility dates.