The Line between a Misdemeanor and a Felony
When it comes to crime, it can be difficult to determine the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor. Crimes have generation classifications, and can then be broken down into more specific categories. To tell the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor, just keep reading.
The major difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is the seriousness of the consequences of the criminal act. A misdemeanor is usually handled through a fine or short jail term, while a felony is usually handled through imprisonment of a year or more. The categorization of a crime influences how the case in handled in court. Knowing the difference between the two can help an individual understand how a case will be handled in court, and what to expect moving forward.
In Florida, misdemeanors include drunk driving, receipt of stolen property, simple drug possession, and petty theft. These types of crimes typically result in jail time that is less than a year, probation, restitution, community service, counseling, or monetary fines. Know that a misdemeanor will appear on your record.
Florida felonies include grand theft, kidnapping, embezzlement, murder, and sexual battery and rape. A felony conviction restricts an individual’s civic rights. Felony sentences can results in a year or more of jail time, lengthy probation terms, large monetary fines, house arrest, or community service.
If you’re seeking a lawyer for your misdemeanor or felony crime, contact Dino Law. Our law firm knows the line between a felony and a misdemeanor and can help you navigate either case in court. To receive a free consultation with our law firm, all you need to do is call 941-216-1496. You can also visit our website for further details. We hope you will consider us for your court case needs.