When a person is arrested, they are either charged with a misdemeanor, a felony, or a combination of the two. A misdemeanor charge is less serious than a felony charge and is punishable by up to 12 months of probation, 12 months of incarceration, or a combination of the two. If there is incarceration for a misdemeanor crime, that time is spent in the county jail.
Felony charges are broken up into three levels; 3rd degree, 2nd degree, and 1st degree felony. A 3rd degree felony is the least severe felony and a 1st degree felony is the most severe. A felony charge carries with it the potential sentence of more than a year of incarceration and that time would be served in prison. A felony charge is very serious and could result in an individual losing many civil liberties such as the right to vote and the right to carry a firearm, even if the person is not sent to prison.
Both misdemeanor charges and felony charges should be taken seriously if charged with one. It is vital to get the right legal representation from lawyers who live, eat, and breathe criminal defense. Our firm has over 30 years of combined criminal defense experience, and with five lawyers on your side, you will have an effective, intelligent, and efficient legal team working with you to resolve your case. We pride ourselves on providing the best legal representation possible and that involves not just knowing the law, but also knowing the legal process and using it to a client’s advantage. We offer free consultations, so if you or anyone you know is facing a misdemeanor or felony charge call and make an appointment to speak with one of our attorneys today and see how we can help bring peace back into your life.