What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
A felony charge is considered much more serious than a misdemeanor charge. A misdemeanor may result in a prison term of up to one year and include various fines. Although misdemeanors are much less serious than felonies, they will be placed on your criminal record. Common examples of misdemeanor crimes include: disorderly conduct, vandalism, petty theft, prostitution, and public intoxication. A felony charge usually results in a jail term of over one year and includes hefty fines. Felonies, like misdemeanors, are placed on your criminal record. Common examples of felony crimes include: treason, rape, murder, robbery, and kidnapping.