What's the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor

Most people have only a general idea of what the difference is between a felony and a misdemeanor. Generally, felonies are more serious. They can be punished by a sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, while misdemeanor sentences are served in the county jail. Sentences for felonies can also be longer than sentences for misdemeanor.

There are distinctions within the classification of felony offenses, and offenses can either be first, second or third degree, or state jail felonies. The differences are in the minimum and maximum punishments. There are all distinctions between misdemeanors, and they classified as Class A, B  or C.

Even though misdemeanors are more minor offenses, a conviction can still have serious consequences. Don't take any charge lightly - make sure you talk with an experienced, competent criminal defense attorney before making any decision.