There are many complicated words in the legal system that often leave us scratching our heads. Two important words in the legal vocabulary are misdemeanor and felony. Do you know what these terms mean?
Misdemeanors and felonies are two classifications of criminal charges. Misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, and felonies typically carry heavier punishments.
While crimes that are considered misdemeanors and felonies differ from state to state, some crimes are almost always charged as felonies, such as murder. Some states distinguish misdemeanors and felonies by the sentences they carry – misdemeanors typically carry a 1 year maximum sentence, while felonies often carry a 1 year minimum sentence.
Additionally, some crimes may be charged as felonies or misdemeanors depending on the circumstances. The presence of a certain weapon or who the crime is committed against may bump a misdemeanor charge to a felony. The past criminal history of the person accused of the crime may affect how they are charged. If a person has several prior misdemeanor convictions for the same crime, committing this crime again may cause them to be charged as a felon.
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