Felony Or Misdemeanor Types

When you’re facing charges from the court system, it’s important to know exactly what those charges may mean for you—and your future. Both felonies and misdemeanors are divided into different types. Oftentimes, these types dictate what the consequences will be should you be found guilty of them.

Understand what you’re being charged with and what the sentence could be in this quick guide:

Felony Types

If you’re facing a felony charge, you’re looking at more prison time than you typically would be with a misdemeanor. This means that you could be sentenced to more than a year in the prison system—up to a lifetime sentence—or anything in between.

Generally speaking, there are four types of felony charges:

  • Drug crimes (manufacturing, distribution, possession, trafficking, sale, or money laundering)
  • Violent crimes (manslaughter, murder, rape, assault)
  • Theft that exceeds $1,000
  • Sex crimes (sexual assault, child pornography, sexual conduct with a child)

No matter what type of felony charges you might be facing, a conviction can have a permanent impact on your life even after you’ve served your sentence. You’ll need a great lawyer on yourde to help mitigate the damage of any felony charges and help you downgrade charges to a misdemeanor. 

Misdemeanor Types

While felonies are the most serious crimes you can be accused of, misdemeanors are often a bit less severe. They might overlap with the types of felonies you could be faced with, but due to the lower severity, they’ll carry a less extreme sentence. For example, you could still be charged with assault, but if the damage wasn’t that severe, it might be considered a misdemeanor instead of a felony. 

There are typically three types of misdemeanors that you could be facing: 

  • Crimes against a person (assault and battery or harassment)
  • Crimes against property (shoplifting or petty theft)
  • Crimes against public safety or order (disorderly conduct, open alcohol, prostitution, noise violations)

There are a lot of different crimes that could fall into the misdemeanor category, but the key here is severity. They’re often less severe than felony charges. 

Wobblers

One vital thing to note is that there are also “wobblers.” This means that the crime itself could be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. These often impact first-time offenders or minors who may receive a lesser sentence, even for a more severe crime. The goal of wobblers is to offer some flexibility within the penal system—it’s up to the judge’s discretion to determine when or if a felony will be handled as a misdemeanor. 

Contacting a Good Lawyer

No matter whether you’re facing felony or misdemeanor charges, you need the assistance of a skilled lawyer. At Brodsky Amy & Gould, we offer defence regardless of what the case may entail. Out of all Winnipeg criminal law firms, you’ll find that we have the experience you need to minimize your sentence. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your case.