When you are charged with a serious criminal violation, it will either be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony. Make no mistake – both misdemeanors and felonies can carry significant, life-changing penalties upon conviction. To fight for your rights and do everything you can to avoid an unjust conviction or sentencing, work with the Law Office of Dennis R. Vetrano, Jr., LLC and our criminal defense attorneys in Dutchess County.
Reasons why people choose our law firm for their most difficult cases:
The sooner you act, the better your chances will be to challenge the prosecution’s case or an investigator’s argument. Put us in your corner today by filling out an online contact form.
Taking a look at your charges, you should see mention of either a misdemeanor or a felony crime. If you are facing multiple charges, you could even see both mentioned. What are the actual differences between misdemeanors and felonies, and how do those come into play for your case?
Misdemeanors categorize “less serious” crimes, like petty theft or the illegal possession of small amounts of marijuana. People convicted of misdemeanors cannot be incarcerated for more than one year and will be sent to a jailhouse, not a prison, if they are sentenced to incarceration. Fines for misdemeanors typically do not exceed more than $1,000 but this is not guaranteed. As misdemeanors do range in degree, it is possible for the consequences of a first degree misdemeanor conviction to feel quite extreme in comparison to the alleged crime. You should defend yourself from them full-heartedly and with our legal services.
Felonies are “serious” crimes, like assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft auto, and most sex crimes. Felony convictions are permitted to include incarceration sentences in excess of one year, ranging to life without the chance of parole. People incarcerated due to a felony conviction will be sent to a state or federal prison, not a county jail. Fines for felonies can be severe, taking peoples’ entire savings. Prosecutors gain reputation by securing felony convictions, and so you should anticipate an overzealous opposition whenever you are charged with a felony.
Whether you are staring down a misdemeanor or felony charge against you, know that you can depend on our Dutchess County criminal defense attorneys to provide the quick-thinking, hard-hitting representation you need and deserve. We take the time to get to know our clients and understand all facets of their cases. Through our representation, we know you are going to feel confident that your criminal defense case has a great chance of panning out in your favor.
Discuss your options today by calling (845) 605-4330.