What Is The Difference Between Felonies and Misdemeanors?

by | Dec 2, 2013 | Lawyer


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The unfortunate truth is that he difference between misdemeanour’s and Felonies is not always very clear. In fact, what is considered a felony and what is considered a misdemeanour’s can vary upon location which can make the whole thing even more confusing. A misdemeanour’s should be viewed as the maximum amount of time that an individual can be incarcerated for a crime. When you get charged with a misdemeanour’s a year is usually the most time you will do. A crime that merits more than a year in jail would be defined as a felony. For this reason you could say that if you are not being charged with a felony it has to be a misdemeanour’s.

If you are being charged with property damage that was done on purpose this could be either a misdemeanour’s or a felony. What kind of charge it ends up being usually ends up being decided based on the amount of money in damages that you caused. Once you have turned 18 a misdemeanour’s is something that will stay on your record forever. This means that when you do things such as get a job, your potential employer will be made aware of these charges. This is why it is always better to be upfront and honest if you have been charged of a crime.

A felony is also a charge that will remain on your record. Unfortunately, individuals who have a felony on their record are going to have a hard time doing things such as getting a job. They may even have trouble finding somewhere to live depending on what their felony was for.

If an individual were to commit petty misdemeanour’s before they turned 18, they would be able to have this removed from their record when they turn 18. However, this is depending on what the crime was and if their behaviour has improved since they were charged with the crime. A judge is not going to remove the charge from an individual’s record when they turn 18 if their behaviour has not improved.