Brooklyn Criminal Attorney Discusses the Differences Between a Felony and Misdemeanor
As a dedicated Brooklyn Criminal Attorney, I am most often asked the differences between a felony offense and a misdemeanor. In New York, there are basically three or four levels of charges. The most serious charges are felonies. From there, it goes down to misdemeanors, violations, ordinances, and then traffic offenses. The most important distinction between a felony and a misdemeanor is if you can do more than one year in jail, it would be a felony, if you can’t do more than a year in jail, it would be a misdemeanor or some lesser offense.
That’s the major distinction legally. However, for you and me, it’s a very big difference because if you’re facing a felony charge you’ll be prosecuted in the supreme court, and the consequences are obviously much more severe, much more serious. If you’re facing a misdemeanor charge, you could have a criminal record if you’re ultimately convicted of that charge by plea or by trial. If you’re facing any of those charges in the state of New York, please give me a call.
Are you facing a felony or misdemeanor charge in NYC? Contact experienced Brooklyn Criminal Attorney Carl Spector for 30 years of legal defense.