In most states, crimes are split into two distinct classifications: felonies and misdemeanors. The main differences between the two are the severity of the crime and the penalties that are imposed. Misdemeanors are less severe crimes. The punishment for these is hefty fines, and in some cases, jail time, which is usually a sentence that is less than a year. If jail time is sentenced, it is served in either a local or county jail. Felonies are the most serious types of crimes. They are usually classified in different degrees, a first degree offense being the most severe. Crimes that are classified as felonies receive both fines and prolonged sentences. Incarceration for these crimes is usually served in a state or federal correctional facility.
Crimes that are filed as misdemeanors include:
- Petty theft
- Public intoxication
- Traffic violations
- Indecent exposure
Crimes that are filed as felonies include:
- Sale of illicit drugs
- Grand theft
Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, your guilt has to be proven before you receive a sentence. If you have been charged with either crime, contact the Law Office of Joseph T. Rhea right away. Representing thousands of criminal cases in the Palm Springs area, and with a substantial record of not guilty verdicts, Attorney Rhea has earned an impressive reputation for success.
Contact the Law Office of Joseph T. Rhea for an experienced and dedicated attorney if you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony.