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Felonies v. Misdemeanors Crimes

If you have been charged with a crime, it’s important to determine whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. All crimes are classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor, and the penalties you will face depend greatly on whether you are facing felony charges or misdemeanor charges.

In most states misdemeanors tend to be punishable by no more than a year in county jail and up to $1,000 in fines, whereas felonies are punishable by at least one year in jail (usually more) and at minimum $1,000 in fines. The degree of your charges will also affect the extent of your penalties. For example, a first-degree felony carries much harsher penalties than a third degree felony.

Examples of Misdemeanors and Felonies

For the most part, misdemeanors and felonies are the same in each state. So in general, examples of felonies include:

  • Murder/manslaughter/homicide
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Grand theft
  • Most drug crimes (i.e. trafficking, distribution, manufacturing, possession, etc.)
  • Most sex crimes (i.e. rape, statutory rape, child molestation, child pornography, lewd conduct, etc.)
  • White collar crimes (i.e. fraud, forgery, embezzlement, insider trading, money laundering, etc.)
  • Felony DUI

Examples of misdemeanors include:

  • DUI
  • Petty theft
  • Domestic violence
  • Simple assault

It’s important to take your charges seriously, regardless of whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can guide you through the criminal process and provide you with the aggressive defense you need to increase your chances of overcoming your charges.

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