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The Difference between a Misdemeanor and a Felony: How this difference can affect you

Last updated 7 years ago

Breaking the law is never a good idea. You risk consequences such as large fines, community service, and jail time.

They say you shouldn’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, but did you know that some crimes will land you more time than others?

Some crimes are viewed as more severe or harmful than others, and because of this, the perpetrators of these harsher crimes often receive much stricter consequences.

Crimes are classified as either felonies or misdemeanors. A criminal attorney can explain the differences between the two, but before it goes as far as the criminal defense law firm, you should do some research on the differences yourself.

  • Misdemeanors are less serious than felonies.
    • These crimes can include public intoxication, resisting arrest, trespassing, vandalism, and reckless driving.
    • The consequences for misdemeanors usually entail paying some sort of fine.
    • Jail time can be a punishment for a misdemeanor, but the sentence will most likely be under one year and will be served in a local prison.
  • Felonies are considered more serious than misdemeanors.
    • These crimes can include kidnapping, driving while intoxicated, fraud, and murder.
    • People convicted of felonies are punished with jail time.
    • The amount of jail time depends on their crime, but it will be more than one year at the least.
    • Some felonies can even be punished by death.

 If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you will not lose any of your rights. However, if you are convicted of a felony, you may lose the right to vote and the right to work in certain occupations. You may also be barred from owning a gun, being on a jury, and serving in the military.

If you have any questions regarding the differences between felonies and misdemeanors, you can contact Blumberg & Associates. Our team includes family law attorneys, personal injury lawyers, and DUI defense lawyers, so we can help you with your particular case. You can look through our FAQs to learn more, or give us a call today!

 

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