What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

In most states, there are two classifications of crimes: misdemeanors and felonies. Occasionally, states will also include petty offenses as an additional classification. These classifications can also include different levels or cases, but today we will be discussing the differences between a misdemeanor and a felony.

What is a Misdemeanor?

In Massachusetts, a misdemeanor is a criminal offense that does not carry any potential for time in state prison. Depending on the crime, the penalties for a misdemeanor can range from a $50 fine to two and a half years in the House of Corrections.

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor defense, the crime cannot be sealed from your record until five years after conviction. Having a misdemeanor sealed from your record does not mean it won’t still show up on certain types of background checks.

If you are facing a misdemeanor criminal charge, contact our team of criminal defense attorneys at Urbelis Law today at (617) 830-2188.

Some misdemeanors include:

  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Failure to Report Hazing
  • Keeping a Disorderly House
  • Minor Transporting/In Possession of Alcohol
  • Providing Alcohol to a Minor
  • Trespassing
  • Open and Gross Lewd and Lascivious Behavior
  • Resisting Arrest

What is a Felony?

In Massachusetts, a felony is a very serious criminal offense that is publishable by time in state prison. There are several classes/degrees of felonies with punishments ranging from less than five years but more than one year in prison through life imprisonment and the death penalty.

Crimes that are considered a felony include murder, rape, burglary, kidnapping, and arson.

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Attorney Benjamin UrbelisFor over ten years, Managing Attorney Benjamin Urbelis of Urbelis Law has been representing clients throughout Massachusetts in state and federal courts. Benjamin has represented several high-profile clients, has earned multiple trial advocacy honors including National Trial Lawyers’ “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”, and has obtained Not Guilty verdicts in more than 80% of his cases that have been taken to trial.

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