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What Makes a Felony Different from a Misdemeanor?


“Felony” and “misdemeanor” are two terms used in the legal system to describe criminal offenses. However, many people do not understand the difference between them. In this post, we'll explain the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor and how being charged and convicted of either can impact your life.

What Is a Felony?

Between the two, a felony is the more serious criminal offense. Crimes classified as felonies are punishable with prison terms greater than a year in length, including life. While a felony can be punished with death in states that still have the death penalty, this isn’t the case in Colorado.

Examples of felonies may include the following:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery
  • Embezzlement
  • Intoxicated manslaughter

If you are convicted of a felony, it can have a significant impact on your life. You may face difficulty finding employment, housing, and other opportunities. A felony conviction can also impact your ability to vote and own firearms.

What Is a Misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is a less serious crime that is punishable by imprisonment for up to one year for the most serious misdemeanors. Less serious misdemeanors may be punished with a few months, weeks, or days in jail, while the least severe misdemeanors may only be punishable with a fine.

Examples of misdemeanors include:

A misdemeanor conviction can have a much less severe impact on your life, but you should still fight to protect your rights and a better outcome.

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing criminal charges, it's important to hire a criminal defense lawyer who can help you understand your rights and options. A criminal defense lawyer can also help you navigate the legal system and protect your interests.

Orr Law Firm can assist with your legal needs. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor and provide you with the legal representation you need.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you fight your charges.