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Q:

I Was Recently Arrested and Then Released “pending Further Investigation.” Before Being Released, the Police Told Me They Were Going to Recommend to The Prosecutor’s Office that I Be Charged with Either a Felony or Serious Misdemeanor, but One Way or The Other I Was Eventually Going to Be Criminally Charged. Will I Not Face Serving Any Potential Time if I Am only Charged with A Misdemeanor?

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Although most people consider felony offenses to be more serious, misdemeanor charges can also be serious charges involving serious consequences, including potential incarceration. The primary difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is the possible criminal sentence which can be imposed. Generally, an individual convicted of a misdemeanor can be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of up to one year, as well as face a possible monetary fine. But a misdemeanor conviction becomes part of your record, and a criminal record can become a problem with potential employers who have policies against hiring individuals with criminal histories.

A person convicted of a felony offense, on the other hand, can face a possible criminal sentence involving multiple years, and in some instances being sentenced to prison for the rest of his/her life. A person convicted of a felony can also face potential monetary fines which are generally much larger fines than those which can be assessed in misdemeanor cases. Even more so than with a misdemeanor, a felony conviction on your record can limit your ability to find or keep a job, to obtain credit, to rent a place to live, as well as potentially restrict where you can live.

Regardless of whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney in order to understand your rights and the potential consequences that would accompany a conviction. With more than 25 years of courtroom experience, contact attorney Tim Mudd to discuss a pathway to resolving your situation.