In North Alabama, criminal defense cases are typically categorized as either a misdemeanor or felony charge. These classifications refer to the severity of a crime, with a felony being reserved for the more serious offenses. Both misdemeanors and felonies contain sub-categories, further differentiating the severity of charges and penalties. When a person commits a crime, the punishments they may receive are directly linked to the category in which the crime falls.
In addition to jail time and fines, a felony has far-reaching consequences that have the potential to follow a person for life. For example, those convicted of a theft felony may no longer be able to vote in elections or serve on a jury. Felons are also disqualified from holding certain jobs such as many in the public sector. Depending on the nature of the offense, such as those of a sexual nature, a convict may be barred from additional jobs such as those involving the supervision of children. Multiple felonies, or a combination of felony and misdemeanor charges, can also prevent entry into the military.
Both misdemeanors and felonies are serious charges. If you’ve been accused of a crime – it’s important to seek out the advice of a trusted criminal defense attorney. Our firm has decades of combined experience defending thousands of cases in North Alabama relating to DUI, theft, assault, sex crimes, drug possession, among others. Schedule a free consultation with a defense lawyer from our team today by calling (256) 539-4464 or complete a case evaluation form. During your initial consultation – we will meet with you to answer any questions, discuss the details of your case, and create a strategic plan to defend your charges.
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