Differences Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor

In this educational video, experienced criminal defense lawyer Erin Field explains the differences between a felony and a misdemeanor in Connecticut.

Question:

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

Answer:

Differences Between a Felony and a MisdemeanorSometimes I get phone calls from people who know that they’ve been charged with something but they are unsure if it is a misdemeanor or a felony. The difference between those two crimes, generally speaking, is that misdemeanors are not as serious and felonies are more serious. A misdemeanor charge generally carries up to about a year in jail as a penalty with low fines. A felony charge can carry over a year in jail with higher fines.

Additionally, a felony requires that you can no longer possess a firearm and no longer vote. Moreover, the state of Connecticut will collect a DNA sample from you by swabbing the inside of your mouth and put that DNA sample in their police databases. Misdemeanor charges do not require that you give a DNA sample. If our office can answer any questions for you regarding misdemeanors and felonies, call us today.


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