Misdemeanor v FelonyHave you recently been charged with a crime? You need to speak to a Maryland criminal defense attorney to learn your options. A criminal lawyer in Maryland can break down the type of charges you are facing as well as the precise penalty you could receive.

What is a Misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is punishable by less than one year in prison and/or a fine of less than one thousand dollars.

There are three types of misdemeanors:

  • A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year or less in prison, but more than six months.
  • A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months or less, but more than thirty days.
  • A Class C misdemeanor is punishable by up to thirty days or less, but more than five days.

What is a Felony?

A felony is a more serious crime. The exact definition of a felony will not be the same in every single state. However, most states will agree to these guidelines:

  • For a Class A felony, you may receive life imprisonment or the death penalty
  • For a Class B felony, you may receive twenty-five or more years
  • For a Class C felony, you may receive less than twenty-five years, but more than ten years
  • For a Class D felony, you may receive less than ten years, but more than five years
  • For a Class E felony, you may receive less than five years, but more than one year

Contact the Thompson Legal Group for More Information

If you have been charged with a crime, you need to speak to a criminal lawyer in Maryland. Contact us to arrange for a consultation with a Maryland criminal defense attorney from the Thompson Legal Group today.