The Difference Between Felonies And Misdemeanors

Forming A Strong Defense Strategy For The Charges You Face

After an arrest, you may feel uncertain about the charges you face and the potential consequences. You might know that a misdemeanor is more serious than an infraction and a felony is more serious than a misdemeanor. However, what does this mean for you?

At the law office of Grainger Hawley & Shinbaum Legal Services, we assist those across Alabama facing state misdemeanor and felony charges. A conviction can have rippling effects on your family, future, financial stability and more. No matter the type of charge you face, we can inform you of your options, develop a strong defense strategy and aggressively protect your rights.

Felonies Versus Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are lesser offenses yet can still result in serious consequences. Depending on the type of misdemeanor, the maximum potential jail sentence could be up to one year. Examples of misdemeanor charges can include shoplifting, certain drug crimes, a first or second DUI offense and more.

Felonies in Alabama are more serious, with the potential for harsh penalties. According to state law, such penalties may include imprisonment terms of:

  • Life or up to 99 years but not less than 10 years for a Class A felony
  • Up to 20 years but not less than two years for a Class B felony
  • Up to 10 years but not less than one year and one day for a Class C felony
  • Up to five years but not less than one year and one day for a Class D felony

Depending on the offense, penalties can also include fines, probation and other consequences. Felonies in Alabama can include violent crimes, sex offenses, drug trafficking, aggravated DUI and more.

Protecting Your Future

Whether you face felony or misdemeanor charges, a conviction of any sort can have substantial effects on your future. Your criminal record may complicate your eligibility for housing, employment, school and more. While in some situations you may have options after a conviction, such as expungement or even appealing the decision, proactively seeking the guidance of a skilled criminal defense attorney is your best option to protect your future.

Discuss Your Case With Our Attorney

After an arrest, contact attorney Bradley Hawley at Grainger Hawley & Shinbaum Legal Services, to learn your options and protect your rights. Schedule a free initial consultation at our Prattville office by calling 334-361-7750 or by contacting us online.

Attorney Brad Hawley

Attorney Brad HawleyAttorney Brad Hawley possesses years of practical experience focused on bankruptcy, civil and criminal defense. He has prosecuted and defended clients in state court, and is a former enlisted member of the United States Army. Brad is driven by his desire to help people that have been hurt by the legal system, and is dedicated to fixing injustices he sees around him. [ Attorney Bio ]

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