What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?
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|Jun 5th, 2012, 06:09 AM||#2|
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Re: What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?
Law treats misdemeanors and felonies differently. The fundamental distinction between felonies and misdemeanors rests with the penalty and the power of imprisonment. All crimes punishable by death are felonies. A misdemeanor is generally a crime that is punishable for a year or less in prison, or only in a county or local jail. Some crimes can be either a felony or a misdemeanor based on an additional element or aggravating characteristic. There are not many differences in the procedural prosecution of felonies and misdemeanors.
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