Criminal Attorney in Riverside
Felonies vs. Misdemeanors: What's the Difference?
When a person is charged with or arrested for a criminal offense, the label
of misdemeanor or felony automatically is placed on the offense.
For much less dangerous crimes, such as
theft, and some
domestic violence cases, the penalty is associated with a
In general, misdemeanors have much less severe consequences: only
up to a year in prison and fines up to $1,000, not including any court fees. Additionally, most misdemeanor offenses
allow you to waive your appearance in court and simply have your
Riverside criminal defense lawyer appear on your behalf.
Felony crimes, on the other hand, are generally associated with much more dangerous
and violent offenses, including grand theft, some
violent crimes and much more. These offenses do not give you the luxury of having your
attorney appear for you – you must show up for these types of hearings.
For most felonies,
long prison sentences are administered and
hefty fines are distributed to the defendant. Without a lawyer on your case, you will
most likely face the maximum penalties associated with the specific offense
you have committed.
Get the Help You Deserve – Call a Riverside Criminal Lawyer
When you have been charged with any type of felony or misdemeanor offense,
this will be much different than a simple infraction, as it is with most
traffic tickets. While you should retain the services of an attorney for any type of arrest
or citation, even a speeding ticket, it is exponentially important to
have your lawyer present for a more serious offense.
To learn more about the cases we handle and how we can help you challenge
charges related to a misdemeanor or felony offense, please call our legal