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Felony vs Misdemeanor

Felony vs. Misdemeanor

The Difference Between A Felony & A Misdemeanor

What is the difference between a felony charge and a misdemeanor charge? Essentially, the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is the seriousness of the crime and the punishment for the crime. When convicted of a felony, you can go to state prison for more than one year. This doesn't mean that you have to go to state prison, but the sentence could result in state prison for more than one year. A misdemeanor is a lower level crime which means "a crime of misconduct". Sentences for misdemeanors can result in a less than a year in county jail, fines, or probation. Overall, felony charges are more serious, such as a murder, rape, or robbery. Misdemeanor offenses are less serious, such as retail theft, simple battery, shoplifting, or domestic violence.

In summary, felonies are more serious crimes than misdemeanors and can result in more than a year in state prison or heavy fines. A misdemeanor is a lower level crime that can result in county jail and/or fines and probation.

To learn more about a felony versus a misdemeanor and your specific case, please contact Carlson Meissner for a Free Consultation.