Difference Between a Felonies and a Misdemeanor
One of the first questions many people who have been charged with a felony ask is, "What is the difference between felonies and misdemeanors?" Misdemeanors are generally classified as being a less serious type of crime, and the penalties for a misdemeanor are typically limited to fines in the hundreds of dollars and no more than one year in county jail.
Felonies, on the other hand, are the most serious type of criminal offense. If you are charged with a felony, you are at risk of being fined thousands of dollars and sent to state prison for several years or even life. Even upon your release, you may still be required to serve a lengthy term of probation, as well as suffering other penalties such as a loss of the right to vote or own guns.
Felony Crime Statistics in California
Prosecutors in Modesto and throughout the state take all types of crime seriously, but this is especially true in the case of felony offenses. As evidence of this, consider the fact that the California Department of Justice reports that nearly seven out of ten felony arrests in 2011 resulted in a conviction.
According to the Modesto Police Department, the most common types of felony offenses in 2010 - the most recent year for which data are available - was burglary (2,171), followed by auto theft (1,426), aggravated assault (899), robbery (427), rape (62) and homicide (10). Whatever type of felony you are accused of committing, you can find help at our firm.
A Modesto criminal defense lawyer from the Scott Mitchell Law Incorporated is prepared to take immediate action on your case, and we urge you to contact us now for a free, confidential consultation. Faced with the possibility of a future of living as a convicted felon, you simply have far too much at stake to take any chances with your case. With our help, it may be possible to have the charge reduced or dismissed, and we can fight to secure an exoneration in your case.