The Differences Between a Violation, Misdemeanor, and Felony
- A violation, such as trespassing or possession of marijuana, carries up to 15 days in jail.
- Misdemeanors, such as prostitution and shoplifting, are broken down into A, B, and unclassified misdemeanors.
- Misdemeanors have maximum jail sentences of one year, and felonies, the most serious, bring sentences of over a year.
- Felonies include charges like robbery, rape, and murder and fall into A through E classifications with different sentences and fines.
- If you are charged with a crime, a criminal defense attorney can explain the possible probation, fine, and imprisonment that may apply to your case.