Felony vs. Misdemeanor

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Criminal activity is typically categorized as a felony or a misdemeanor. This all depends on how the crime appears in a state's penal code, the vehicle code, or the health and safety code (for drug offenses). So what crimes define themselves as a felony or misdemeanor. First, we will have to look at what exactly these each entail.

Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are generally defined as crime that is of a less serious nature. The majority of these crimes are punishable by imprisonment of up to a year or less. 

Felonies

Felonies are criminal acts are far more serious in nature than a misdemeanor crime. These are typically punishable by more than one year in prison. They also can result in punishment by death as well. 

Examples

There are cases that can qualify for both due to the severity of the crime. Shoplifting for example can her classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the amount that is stolen.

If a person were to shoplift an item(s) worth less than $500 (in most states), it is typically classified as a misdemeanor. While shoplifting items worth more than $500 is considered a felony.

States also break down a felony or a misdemeanor into classes. Felony and misdemeanor cases are broken down to class A, class B or class C depending on the degree of seriousness. Class C is considered the least serious and class A being the most severe crime.

Either a felony or a misdemeanor crime will most likely go on your record, and having either one can affect your personal and career life. Criminal records need to be expunged if you want to live a normal life without any restrictions. If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, contact Grover Law Firm  today at (913) 432-1000.

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