Sunday, March 31, 2013

Felony vs. Misdemeanor

MISDEMEANOR CHARGES are considered less serious offenses than felonies and are usually punished using monetary fines versus incarceration. FELONIES are considered a serious offense and are usually punished with jail time, as well as, fines. Classifications for felonies and misdemeanors are based upon the old adage that the punishment should fit the crime. Misdemeanors are those “lesser” crimes from which jail time would be equal to less than a year, and felonies are crimes of “high seriousness” for which jail time exceeds a year.

Both FELONIES and MISDEMEANORS are considered criminal offenses. Many people misunderstand the impact of having even a misdemeanor on your record. Certainly, having a felony violation closes financial and employment doors in your future, but the facts are that if you have been charged and convicted of a criminal offense of any kind it will go on your permanent criminal record and can be seen by employers in the future and used as evaluation criteria for future employment.

  J John Sebastian Attorney at Law is  here to help you through the criminal process.  If you have been accused of a felony or misdemeanor then you need to enlist the services of a criminal defense lawyer.

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