What Is a Felony?

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Thanks to crime films and t.v. shows, the general public is vaguely familiar with terms like misdemeanor, felony, and conviction. However, what exactly is a felony, and how is it different from a misdemeanor?

Difference Between Felonies and Misdemeanors

There are two kinds of criminal charges: misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is a criminal charge that will result in less than a year of imprisonment if the person is convicted (found guilty) of the charge. Based on the definition of misdemeanor, can you guess what a felony is?

What is a Felony?

Felony charges are more severe than misdemeanors because the potential penalties are worse for felons when compared to misdemeanor convicts. A felony is a criminal charge that could result in a year or more of imprisonment if the person is convicted of the crime.

Misdemeanors and felony charges have different prison sentences, but they also have different guidelines concerning where the convicted serve their sentences.

Serving Criminal Charges

There are two kinds of prisons: state prisons and county jails. Those convicted of misdemeanor charges typically serve their sentences in county jails. However, if someone is serving a longer criminal sentence, he or she will likely serve their time in state prison.

It’s important to note that a person accused of a felony will likely stay in a county jail until his or her trial is over, given that they aren’t bailed out.

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