Misdemeanor VS. Felony: Which Is Worse? 

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If you find yourself facing charges, you might wonder what they mean and how serious they really are. Misdemeanors and felonies are two common charges that you could be facing, and it’s critical to know the distinctions between the two of them. What are the differences in outcomes if you’re charged with a misdemeanor versus a felony? 

Learn more about the difference between these two types of crimes here: 

What Is a Misdemeanor? 

A misdemeanor is a charge that falls somewhere in between infractions and felonies. It isn’t quite as serious as a felony, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. You can still face consequences that will have a major impact on your life. You can face shorter jail terms (typically less than one year) and more minor fines. Most of the time, you’ll face financial restitution and may not have any jail time at all. 

Misdemeanors are often less serious crimes such as shoplifting or possession of certain drugs like marijuana (depending on your location). 

If you’re convicted of a misdemeanor, one of the benefits is that you’ll still retain all of your civil liberties, whereas a felony may strip you of some of those rights. 

What Is a Felony? 

While misdemeanors are serious, they are mild in comparison to felonies. A felony is one of the most serious charges you can face and comes with the harshest consequences. There is very little room for negotiation on charges or plea bargains when you’re up against a felony accusation. Be prepared for the worst if the charges against you fall into this category. 

For the most part, a felony will have a much longer jail or prison sentence than a misdemeanor. You may face anywhere from one year in prison to a lifetime in prison. You may also be moved to a high-security prison to serve your sentence instead of the local jail. 

In addition to more jail time, you could also face much steeper fines and penalties. 

A felony can encompass any number of crimes ranging from murder to armed robbery to rape or sexual assault. It can also include grand theft (both auto and possessions). 

If you’re convicted of a felony, you may have some of your civil liberties taken away, such as the right to bear arms, the right to vote, and the right to serve on a jury in the future. While these may seem small, you can be deprived of them in addition to serving jail time and paying heavy fines. 

Combat Your Charges

No matter whether you’re facing misdemeanor or felony charges, you need an attorney with the experience to represent you well. If you’re looking for a Winnipeg criminal defence lawyer, look no further than Brodsky Amy & Gould. We can help you face your charges and minimize the sentence that goes along with them. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you in your latest case!