With thousands of complex words in the legal system, keeping them all straight is sometimes a challenge. Do you know the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor? The difference between these two types of criminal charges are important for anyone facing a legal situation.
Misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies. The crimes that are considered misdemeanors or felonies often differ in each state. In some states, the qualifications for misdemeanors are simply ‘crimes that are not considered felonies,’ while in other states the resulting punishments are the deciding factors. Misdemeanors are usually punished with a fine and / or no more than 18 months in prison, while felonies are often punished by a fine and / or no less than 1 year in prison.
Some examples of misdemeanors are possession of certain drugs, theft, and prostitution. However, all of these crimes can be charged as felonies under certain circumstances. Possessing certain drugs, possessing certain weapons, and committing certain crimes against specified people can all bump misdemeanor charges up to felonies. The circumstances of the crime and the offender’s prior history with the law can all affect how the offender is charged.
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