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 a misdemeanor.

There are distinctions within the classification of felony offenses, and offenses can either be a 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.

Walter Reaves
Criminal Defense Attorney Walter Reaves has been practicing law for over 35 years.