Learn About The Differences Between A Misdemeanor And A Felony
Getting charged with a crime can be an overwhelming event whether it is your first charge or not. Even if you have faced charges before, each situation is different, so it can be difficult to predict the outcome of a case. Making the wrong decisions can create problems that affect you and your loved ones for years.
For example, you may not know the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony charge or the penalties associated with each charge. This misunderstanding can have devastating results if you seek an ill-informed plea deal with a prosecutor.
This is why it is so important to get a knowledgeable attorney’s advice as soon as possible: A qualified criminal defense lawyer can help you avoid making bad choices and identify solutions that may limit negative results.
For over 18 years, I have used my legal experience to defend Memphis residents charged with a range of criminal offenses. I have represented thousands of clients in Tennessee courthouses, but I treat every case as my only case. I will take the time to meet with you, explaining the legal process, your options and possible outcomes.
Both Misdemeanors And Felonies Have Immediate And Long-Term Repercussions
Both misdemeanor and felony charges can limit your rights, opportunities and finances. Here are a few of the penalties that you could face if you are convicted of these offenses:
- Misdemeanor charges can carry a maximum $2,500 fine and a jail term that does not exceed 11 months and 29 days. In addition, people convicted of misdemeanor offenses face obstacles when they apply for jobs and housing because potential employers and landlords often conduct background checks when they are filling vacant positions.
- Felony charges can carry a maximum fine of $50,000 and up to life imprisonment. Convicted felons are denied the right to own certain types of firearms, obtain certain types of licenses or work in certain types of professional fields.
If you want to limit the impact these penalties have on your life, it is wise to hire an attorney. When you are facing an uncertain future, you deserve to have an ally by your side before, during and after your trial. Contact me, Vicki M. Carriker, to get started on defending your rights today.