In general, people are aware that there is a difference between felonies and misdemeanors. They know that felonies are for the more severe crimes and misdemeanors are for the less serious crimes. But not everyone understands the details involved with the various crimes.
Felonies typically involve some sort of physical harm ( or the threat of physical harm). However, physical harm is not a requirement for all felonies. For example, white collar crimes can be categorized as felonies and they do not require physical harm.
Each state is different, but a felony conviction will generally lead to a minimum of one year in prison. A felony conviction may also lead to the death penalty. Texas law contains the following types of felony classifications:
Misdemeanor offenses are less serious crimes, but are still punishable through jail time and fines. Misdemeanors may also include penalties such as community service, probation, and restitution. Texas law classifies misdemeanors in the following three categories:
Penalties will be different if a corporation is convicted of a crime, rather than an individual. Generally, corporations will be sentenced with fines, rather than any sort of jail or prison time.The following is usually the penalties associated with corporations:
As I noted above, each state is different and that is why it is important to work with a local attorney who is experienced in criminal defense in your state. At The Wilder Firm, we have helped numerous clients who were facing various felony and misdemeanor charges.
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