What's The Difference Between A Misdemeanor And A Felony Charge?

While most people understand that there are specific differences between misdemeanor and felony offenses, most people do not realize that the severity in consequences is quite harsh. A misdemeanor conviction from the past can even affect new charges. For example, a third DUI offense can be a felony simply because of prior convictions (even convictions from long ago).

Both offenses are serious and should be handled by an attorney. Without a defense attorney's help, you put your career and future at risk. You also risk making mistakes in your case that could have otherwise been prevented.

Criminal defense lawyer Nickolas Daniels provides highly personalized legal representation for his clients. From the start, he will work with you to identify an effective legal strategy to pursue. He educates clients about the details of the charges they face and what the possible outcomes are given the circumstances of the case.

Misdemeanors Vs. Felonies — What Do I Need To Know?

When it comes down to it, it's important to have legal representation for any type of criminal offense, whether it's intent to commit fraud or DWI. The severity of any injuries may determine whether a charge is a misdemeanor or a felony. For example, a first-time DUI resulting in catastrophic injuries or death may be a felony offense.

Some of the biggest differences between misdemeanor and felony offenses include:

  • Misdemeanor convictions may lead to up to one year in jail, while felony convictions can result in punishment that includes prison time.
  • Some misdemeanor offenses can be expunged from your record, while many felony offenses cannot.
  • Felony offenses can affect your ability to own firearms, vote and more. This involves Michigan's "three strikes law." We want to keep three felony strikes off your record and help protect your future.

Contact Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Today

We offer a free 30-minute consultation. To schedule a meeting with us, please contact us by phone at 586-436-3499 or reach us online. We are located in Clinton Township and accept cases throughout surrounding Michigan communities such as Roseville.