Difference between Misdemeanors vs. Felonies

There are many levels to crimes and their punishments. Watch as Richard C. McConathy talks through the differences between misdemeanors and felonies in Dallas County.

Misdemeanors vs. Felonies, defense attorney in Dallas, TX

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One of the surprising things I see with the general public is the misunderstanding between misdemeanors and felonies. A lot of people don’t understand the ramifications of them and even the crime categories that are taking place. Misdemeanors are going to be any crime that the government can punish you up to one year in the county jail. You’re going to have class A misdemeanors that you can receive up to two-year probation and up to a four thousand dollar fine. Your class B misdemeanors are going to be one year in jail, two-year probation but a 2000 dollar fine. Class C is no jail time, but they can receive a fine only and a probated sentence. Felonies are broken up into your four categories. State jail felonies, which you can get up to two years in the state jail facility, third degree felonies which can go from two to ten in the department of corrections, in addition up to a ten thousand dollar fine. Second degree felonies two years to twenty years in the Texas department of corrections and up to a fine up to ten thousand dollars. And then first-degree felonies are five to ninety-nine years. The big hitters are going to be any case that involves life without the possibility of parole or death penalty cases. Regardless of what type of crime category you’re facing, you need to get yourself an attorney who understands the court of criminal procedure and understands the penal code, so they can best walk you through this process and make sure that receiving the best amount of defense possible. And, if your case is a difficult case, make sure you receive a reasonable punishment.

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