Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor

Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor

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There are so many laws and regulations that citizens must follow. That not many citizens fully understand all the laws. And it is not until they are facing charges that they are trying to learn the laws. If you are facing a felony or misdemeanor crime this can be a scary time for you. Because being convicted of a crime can have many repercussions to your life. But some people may not fully understand what the Difference Between a Felony and Misdemeanor are. And why hiring a law team is so important.

What is a Felony

State felonies are crimes that break state laws. Felonies usually relate to a serious threat to a person or property. Below is a general list of felony charges-

  • Assault
  • Murder
  • DUI/DWI (generally only a felony if the offender has a prior DUI/DWI conviction)
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug crimes
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual Offenses

It is important to understand that felony convictions will show up on a criminal background checks. Having a conviction of a felony on your record may influence future employers. And the things you will be able to do.

What is a Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor crime is a minor offense. And generally requires no more than a fine, a year in prison, community service, or probation. It is much easier to avoid jail time for misdemeanor crimes. Misdemeanor crimes include-


• Possession of drugs

• Burglary and property theft

• Perjury (i.e. lying under oath)

• Unlawful possession of a weapon

• Resisting arrest

• Violating a restraining order

It is important to understand that misdemeanor crimes can easily escalate into felonies. For example, threatening to assault someone would be a misdemeanor, but actually committing the assault would be a felony charge. 

A misdemeanor is crimes that are seen as lesser violations in the eyes of the law. And felonies are often violations that are much more serious such as sex crimes, murder, and assault. 

Criminal Defense Attorney 

Do yourself a favor, and hire a criminal defense attorney immediately when being charged with any crime. Especially if you are being charged with a sex crime.

Sex-crime cases are becoming increasingly complex, increasingly costly, and should not be taken lightly. Hiring a sex crime attorney will ensure your case gets the best possible protection for your specific case. And at Starr Law, we will guide you through the process, and make it as straight-forward as possible.

We understand how valuable your future is and understand the complexities of sex crime charges. So, do not underestimate the charges you may be facing. And hire a team that has over 20 years experience fighting. And protecting individuals against sex crime charges. To learn more information about Starr Law, give us a call at 214-982-1408. And our friendly staff members will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have and set up your consultation.

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