The difference between misdemeanors and felonies are that if the law for a crime has a punishment of incarceration for longer than a year, most states define it as a felony, Nolo says. If the punishment is for one year o... More »

Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors and they often carry higher fines and longer jail terms, notes HG Legal Resources. Jail sentences for misdemeanors are typically served in local or country jails, while felony ... More »

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Misdemeanor charges are generally considered crimes that are punishable with up to a year in jail in most states, according to FindLaw. Misdemeanors are more serious than infractions such as jaywalking, but less serious ... More »

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Because federal law and the statutes of all 50 states classify forgery as a felony, potential penalties for the crime include probation, incarceration and fines, explains Criminal Defense Lawyer. Legal professionals refe... More »

A capital felony is a serious crime that has the death penalty as a potential punishment, according to About.com. In the United States, crimes punishable by the death penalty vary by jurisdiction, as stated by Bureau of ... More »

Fifth degree felonies are the lowest level of felony crimes recognized by Ohio law. According to Court News Ohio, this category and the immediately preceding fourth degree typically includes drug possession, some theft c... More »

About says there are three different types of criminal offenses: infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. Infractions do not require jail time. Misdemeanors sometimes require jail time of 12 months or less. Felonies are q... More »