Misdemeanor vs. felony charges

| Feb 7, 2019 | Criminal Defense, Firm News |

If you are facing criminal charges in Ohio for the first time in your life, whether they are for a misdemeanor or felony, you may not know what to do or what happens next. The team Triplett McFall Wolf Law, LLC has experience representing clients who need an attorney who will fight for the best possible outcome.

According to FindLaw, most states segment crimes into categories; with classes in each that determine sentencing guidelines for the maximum amount of jail time an individual will serve. Crimes involving a jail term of at least five days, but less than a year are typically misdemeanors. Depending on the specific details of the crime and your history, prosecutors have significant flexibility regarding charges, whether they offer a plea bargain and the sentence length.

The more serious felony charge can include life in prison or a death sentence. These crimes may include anything from public drunkenness and drug abuse violations to seriously injuring or killing someone while driving under the influence. There is a range of sentencing options for felony convictions, which allows the penalty to fit the nature of the crime. Due to the potentially severe punishment, criminal procedure is carefully observed, ensuring the protection of your rights.

Any type of criminal conviction can adversely affect your life. However, if you have a felony conviction, not only could you face significant time in prison, but your civil liberties will also be affected. For the rest of your life you may not be able to vote, hold certain types of jobs and in some cases, have a drivers’ license. To minimize the life-altering effects of criminal charges, it is imperative that you understand the charges against you and the full range of options available to you. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.