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What is the Difference Between Felony and Misdemeanor Charges?

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What is the Difference Between Felony and Misdemeanor Charges?

Hi this is attorney, Kevin Hayslett, and the question is what the differences between a felony charge and a misdemeanor are. Quite simply the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is that with a felony you can go to state prison for more than one year. That does not mean that you have to go to prison, it means that your sentence could be in a state prison for more than one year. A misdemeanor is a lower level, which quite simply means a crime of misconduct. Misdemeanor charges result in a sentence of less than one year in a county jail and/or a fine with a period of probation. Generally speaking felony charges are mores serious; think of murder, rape, or robbery. With misdemeanors, think of retail theft, simple battery, shoplifting, or domestic battery. So if you are wondering which is the most serious – felonies are the most serious. Misdemeanors are less serious and punishable to less than one year in the county jail. Felonies go to state prisons and have high fines. Those are the general differences between a felony offense and a misdemeanor.




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J. Kevin Hayslett

Kevin Hayslett, Esq.

J. Kevin Hayslettis an attorney practicing in the areas of Criminal Defense and DUI Defense from the Clearwater office and Hillsborough office. Kevin is an avid tennis player and is currently nationally rated in singles and doubles. You can follow Kevin onGoogle+, oron Radio IO on his show, "Kevin's Law". Kevin can also be heard on the Sirius Satellite Radio show during the "Ask the Lawyer" segment, which can be heard the first Thursday of every month.