A criminal conviction can have serious implications for your personal and professional future, regardless of the exact charges you’re facing. Whether you’re accused of a felony or misdemeanor, you need aggressive defense if you’re going to clear your name. If you’re asking yourself, “What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?”, we break down how the consequences can vary between the two.
Crimes are categorized as either felonies or misdemeanors, depending on the severity of the charge in question. Almost always, misdemeanors are lesser offenses than felonies, and as a result, they typically carry lighter penalties for conviction. Misdemeanors can be classified as class A, B, or C offenses. Some examples of misdemeanor charges in the state of Texas include:
Felony charges, on the other hand, are reserved for crimes of a more serious nature. Felonies range from first-degree offenses down to state-jail felonies, which are the least serious offenses. Some examples of felonies include homicide, sex crimes, some drug charges, and many white collar crimes. The penalties for these types of crimes can range from significant time in prison to fines and even inclusion on registries, such as a sex offender registry.
Whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, avoiding conviction is crucial to ward off significant personal and professional consequences.
You’ve been charged with a crime, but that doesn’t mean you’re a criminal. At Chris Lewis & Associates P.C., we can fight tirelessly to clear your name of misdemeanor or felony charges.