Differences Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor

Defendant Being Arrested on a Felony Charge

You Have the Right to Post Bail for Both Felony and Misdemeanor Charges.

In the United States justice systems, crimes are categorized based on the seriousness of the crime. The two most common categories of crimes are misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are far less serious than felonies and carry a lighter punishment. However, you can be arrested on charges of both crimes before the trial. When this happens, you have the right to post bail. If you or a loved one have been charged with either a felony or a misdemeanor, contact the staff at Owen's Bonding Co. to help with all your bail needs.

Felony vs. Misdemeanor

When it comes to convicting someone of a felony, it is a much longer and more complex process than convicting someone of a misdemeanor. Here are some important differences between a felony and a misdemeanor.

Defendants being charged with a misdemeanor can expect an expedited trial that may or may not involve a jury. If convicted of a misdemeanor, the punishment can a substantial fine and less than one year in jail. Examples of misdemeanor crimes include excessive speeding, driving under the influence and driving without a license.

Because a felony is a more serious crime, it can take longer to get a conviction. If the case goes to court, there will be a jury trial, in which the defendant has the right to a court-appointed attorney. If the defendant is convicted of the crime, they can be punished with large fines and extended time in a state or federal prison. Murder, kidnapping, and arson are all examples of a felonies.

If you or a loved one are facing charges of a misdemeanor or a felony crime, don’t wait for the trial to start to get them our jail. Contact our office at 866-830-2663 to post bail in Wichita, KS.