Understanding Felony And Misdemeanor Charges
Not all crimes are charged the same, but all are serious. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Durflinger Oliver & Associates PS can help you understand the charges you are facing and build a strategy to fight back. As former prosecutors, we know the criminal justice system from both sides. Let us use our experience to your advantage.
A simple misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. A gross misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum of 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. Maximum jail time and the fine is the only difference between the two. They are both the same as far as cleaning up your history goes.
A felony, on the other hand, is generally any offense with a maximum sentence of more than 365 days. There are three levels of felony, with Class A being the most serious, Class B being serious and Class C being the least serious. Even if you were charged and convicted in Superior Court, you might not have a felony conviction. You can generally find out by contacting the court where you were convicted and either having a clerk look up your case or looking it up yourself.
Common misdemeanors include:
- Criminal trespass
- Driving while license suspended (DWLS)
- Drinking and driving
- Excessive speeding or reckless driving
- Resisting arrest
- Certain drug possession cases
Common felonies include:
- Assault causing bodily harm or with a deadly weapon
- Identity theft
- Trafficking stolen property
- Vehicular assault
Again, if you can’t remember what you were convicted of, you can always call the court clerk where you were convicted, or you can stop by. They are generally very helpful and very professional.
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Whether arrested for a felony or a misdemeanor, all arrests are serious. You need an attorney to fight for your rights. Call 253-666-8927 or email us today for a free consultation about cleaning up your criminal history and restoring your firearm rights. Don’t forget to ask about information on a military discount and convenient payment plans.