Felony and Misdemeanors

If you have been charged with a felony , the South Florida Trial Lawyers, invites you to contact us. Discuss the best strategies for your criminal defense. In many cases, a favorable outcome after felony charges have been made involves reduction of those felony charges to misdemeanor charges. If you already have a felony or felonies on your record we can, in many cases, go to court to reduce your felony to a misdemeanor.This is the different between misdemeanor and felony :

Misdemeanor: Misdemeanors are more serious than petty offenses, but much less serious than felonies. Misdemeanors typically result in imposition of such punishments as a heavier fine than what someone would pay if they committed a petty offense, or a jail sentence not exceeding a year. If a jail sentence is imposed, it is served at a local, city or county jail rather than a state or federal prison (penitentiary).

Felony: Felonies are considered the most serious types of crimes, and each state has different punishments for these offenses. A standard definition of a felony is any crime punishable by more than one year in prison or by death for capital offenses like first-degree murder. Unlike misdemeanors, defendants convicted of felonies serve their sentences in a state or federal prison rather than a local, city or county jail. Additional criminal procedures apply with felonies, and the right to a court-appointed lawyer if the defendant canít afford one is one of the rights guaranteed in felony cases. Also, whether or not the defendant has to appear in court for various parts of the criminal justice process also depends on whether or not he or she is being charged with a felony.

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