December 30

Difference between a felony and a misdemeanor.

Criminal offenses are characterized depending on their severity and the penalties that may have been imposed upon them. A felony and a misdemeanor are both criminal offenses, however, they are differentiated by the severity of the crime.

The basic differences between a felony and a misdemeanor:

  • A felony is a heinous crime.
    A misdemeanor is a less serious offense.
  • Felonies may require jail time as punishment, ranging from one year up to the maximum on the particular charge, in state prison.
    Misdemeanors may be punishable by up to one year in county jail.
  • Since a felony is a serious offense, it can leave a very long lasting impact on your criminal history. The consequences may include losing your right to vote if you’ve been convicted or losing your right to a firearm.
    A misdemeanor is a minor offense, that remains on your criminal history and could affect you later in life. However, the impact is not as horrific as that of a felony.
December 21

Will a misdemeanor show up on my background check?

If misdemeanors are compared to felonies, they can be termed as “less heinous” criminal offenses. They often include crimes like petty theft, disorderly conduct, vandalism, public intoxication, etc and may involve lesser punishments than felonies. However, similar to felonies, misdemeanors stay on your criminal record for your entire life. Therefore, if a thorough background check is done, misdemeanors can show up in your criminal history.

Also, if someone runs a background check, and claims that you were convicted of a charge that you didn’t know about, it needs to be addressed. Contact a criminal defense attorney for help.

If you are concerned about your your criminal history, please reach out to us today. If you were accused or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, Reuven J. Epstein, criminal defense attorney in Spring Valley, NY, is ready to fight for you. We have successfully defended the rights of numerous clients accused of serious crimes at the Law Office of Reuven J. Epstein. Call 845-459-0002 or 800-579-1605 to schedule your appointment with Attorney Reuven J. Epstein.