Facing Charges: Misdemeanor vs. Felony

handcuffedThe legal world can be a stressful place for anyone unfamiliar with its proceedings and vocabulary. To help you navigate the legal system a bit easier, we have detailed two important terms that are used quite often – misdemeanor and felony. 

Misdemeanors and felonies are two types of classifications of crimes. Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors and are punishable by heavier sentences. The punishments are often what distinguishes the two types of crimes: misdemeanors are typically punished with approximately 1 year maximum in prison, while felonies are typically punished with approximately 1 year minimum in prison.

The different crimes that are considered misdemeanors or felonies vary from state to state. While some crimes are always felonies, such as murder, others may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony under certain circumstances. For example, committing the crime against a particular demographic of people or the presence of a weapon can elevate a misdemeanor charge to a felony.

Posting Bail for Felony or Misdemeanor Charges

Facing felony or misdemeanor charges can be a life changing experience and it is important to consult legal counsel during this time. Posting bail to await trial in the privacy of your home and to seek counsel is a critical step in a legal situation. Call our agents 24/7 at (956) 316-2245 – we are here to help you when you need it most!