Client Guide – Misdemeanor vs. Felony

Written by Reynolds Defense Firm

On October 14, 2021

Every profession has its own specialized jargon, and the legal field is no different. The law is filled with obscure terms that are confusing to most people outside of the profession. And when you’re being charged with a crime, those terms can be downright intimidating. One thing that a lot of our clients question is the difference between misdemeanors and felonies.

What is the difference?

A crime can either be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on how serious the offense is, or how many times you have previously been convicted of the same offense. While misdemeanors carry lighter penalties than felonies, any criminal charge is something you should take seriously. Typically, penalties for misdemeanor offenses may include less than a year in jail, community service, fines and restitution, rehabilitation and/or probation. Felonies, on the other hand, potentially not only come with more severe legal consequences, like prison time, but serious life consequences as well. A felony conviction can create restrictions on voting rights, housing, financial aid, employment, and other aspects of community involvement.

No matter the charge, you need an attorney

Regardless of whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges, you need a specialized team of attorneys on your side. A criminal conviction of any kind can have a major impact on your life, far beyond the duration of your case. Reynolds Defense Firm understands this.

When you are confronted with an arrest for DUII, or other criminal conduct, you want to put your legal troubles into the hands of the DUI lawyers who understand exactly what you are experiencing, and who will be committed to defending you. At the Reynolds Defense Firm, we are very good at what we do. We know how cases are prosecuted, and our job is making sure that the court sees the person behind the police report and to help get the best outcomes for you, your family, and your priorities.

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