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The Difference Between Misdemeanors And Felonies

Last updated 6 years ago

Whenever you hear of a crime being committed, you often also hear the word “misdemeanor” or “felony” used to classify it. Misdemeanors are moderately serious crimes like trespassing, assault, and public intoxication, while felonies are much more serious crimes like murder, arson, and robbery. Here’s a brief overview of the differences between misdemeanors and felonies and what each conviction could mean for you.   

Bail Amounts

Whenever you’re arrested for a misdemeanor or felony, you’re sent to a bail hearing. A member of the court will then notify you of your bail amount—the amount you have to pay in order to be released from jail. Bail amounts for misdemeanors are usually fairly low—for example, bail for a first-time DUI is usually under a thousand dollars. Felonies, on the other hand, are routinely in the tens of thousands of dollars. However, even with felonies, a good bail bond agency can foot the bill as long as a loved one pays 10% of the bail amount.  


Once you’re found guilty of a misdemeanor, your sentence is likely to be some combination of jail time, fines, and probation. Getting convicted of a felony often involves mandatory jail time, and can even be punishable by death.

Long-Term Consequences

You’ll still feel the effects of a criminal conviction long after you’ve served your sentence. Potential employers and landlords will always be able to see your conviction on your criminal background, greatly reducing your options for employment and places to live. If convicted of a felony, you’ll no longer have the right to vote or own firearms.

If you or a loved one is being held in prison and you require the assistance of an experienced and trustworthy bail bond agent, call 24 Seven Bail Bonds at (732) 418-2245. At 24 Seven Bail Bonds, our clients come first. Every client is treated with courtesy and is guaranteed effective representation. Our expertise and integrity have earned us a reputation as one of New Jersey's 24 hour premier Bail Bond Companies. Contact us today!


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