The Differences Between Misdemeanors and Felonies

police carDepending on the severity of the crime committed, a person may be facing a misdemeanor or felony charge. There are different penalties and sentences that can be handed down and it is important to understand the penalties you or a loved one may be dealing with.

A misdemeanor is charged for less serious crimes and typically first or second offences. There are three classes of misdemeanors with penalties that range from a $500 fine to a year in county jail and a maximum fine of $4,000.

Felony charges are given for severe crimes including burglary, aggravated assault and third offenses. Felonies include a state jail sentence, first through third degree felonies, and capital felonies. The minimum jail sentence for a felony is a year though, severe offenses including murder can get a sentence of life in prison without parole.

A judge will determine whether the accused will receive a misdemeanor or felony charge taking into account the crime committed as well as past criminal history. The type of sentence received will impact the bail amount and whether it must be paid in full in order to be released.

If you need assistance with cash bail in Edinburg, TX, contact the bail agents at Rodriguez Bail Bonds today. We are available 24/7 to help you or a loved one get out of jail quickly. Call us at 956-316-BAIL (2245) to find out more information. Whether you need bail for a misdemeanor or a felony charge, we can help.