Understanding more about criminal charges and what potential penalties you may face can help you make a better decision about your case, and we are committed to educating our clients and assisting them in making the right choices regarding their criminal cases and their legal counsel. Following is some basic information regarding felony and misdemeanor offenses, and how a criminal defense lawyer can assist you with these.
Charged with a felony or misdemeanor?
What is a Felony? A felony is a crime for which the punishment is usually in excess of one year in prison or on probation and a fine of more than $1000.00. A person may also lose some or all of their civil liberties, such as the right to vote or own a handgun, if they are convicted of this type of crime.
What is a Misdemeanor? A misdemeanor is a crime for which the punishment is usually one year or less in the local jail or on probation and a fine of less than $1000.00. Punishment may also include a variety of other hardships such as community service at a recycling plant or picking up trash along the highway with the jail patrol; mandatory drug and alcohol counseling; waiver of your right to travel or your fourth amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure; and other types of punishments.