What Is The Difference Between A Felony, A Misdemeanor, And A Violation?

March 25th, 2014 by Attorney Dan Carman

Lexington KY misdemeanor lawyer

A felony is a more serious offense and will carry a more severe punishment than a misdemeanor or violation. Felonies are punishable by confinement in the penitentiary, and could also include fines and other penalties. Examples of felonies include murder, rape, robbery, and trafficking in a controlled substance.

Examples of felonies commonly charged in the federal system are conspiracy, fraud, drug distribution, perjury, and offenses related to firearms and child pornography. Conviction of any such offense often means time in federal prison.

A misdemeanor is a less serious offense and almost always carries a less severe punishment than a felony. The punishment is usually one year or less – often substantially less – of jail time to be served in somewhere other than a penitentiary, like in a county jail. Other penalties, such as a fine, may also be imposed. Examples of misdemeanors include DUI (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Offense) – cases where consulting a DUI defense lawyer can be crucial – theft of items worth less than $500, and possession of marijuana. For more serious charges, such as felonies, consulting a felony charge lawyer can provide crucial legal guidance and representation. Understanding the differences between these charges is vital for anyone facing criminal allegations.

A violation is the least severe offense of the three, and usually results in a fine, or in some cases, points against a driving record. Examples of violations include Speeding and other traffic offenses, such as Careless Driving.

If you (or a loved one) have been charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or violation in Kentucky or in the Lexington area in particular, and wish to talk to a Kentucky Criminal Lawyer for free – call my office at (859) 685-1055 for a free consultation.

Attorney Dan Carman

Attorney Dan CarmanFocusing on criminal matters, Mr. Carman is admitted to practice law in all Courts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. He is a member of the American, Kentucky, and Fayette County Bar Associations. Mr. Carman also worked as a prosecutor, as well as a legal assistance attorney. Attorney Dan Carman can help you with any criminal defense matters you may need including; DUI, drug, and weapons charges, trespassing, traffic violations and more. [ Attorney Bio ]