Felony vs. Misdemeanor Charges
When a person violates the law, they may face a wide range of different criminal charges, depending on the nature of the violation and any additional factors that may have a bearing on the charge, such as prior violations. However, one important factor that differentiates criminal charges is whether they are misdemeanors or felony crimes.
Misdemeanors are typically considered to be less serious than felony crimes, although the practical difference between something that may be a Class A misdemeanor (the most serious level of misdemeanor crime) and a state jail felony (the least serious level of felony crime) under Texas law can be relatively small. However, there are important distinctions between felony and misdemeanor charges that can substantially impact an individual’s life.
Differences between Misdemeanors and Felonies
The following is a brief explanation of some of the key differences between misdemeanors and felonies:
Misdemeanors typically result in a maximum sentence of 1 year or less in jail, whereas felonies can result in life imprisonment or even the death penalty.
Felons may lose critical civil liberties, such as the right to vote or bear arms, while those who have been convicted of a misdemeanor typically do not.
These are just some of the most important differences between these classes of crime.
Regardless of whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, Ian Inglis Attorney at Law is fully prepared to help you fight for your rights under the law. To get in touch with our legal team and discuss your defense options today, call (512) 472-1950.