What’s the Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?

What’s the Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?

Even though felonies and misdemeanors are both classified as crimes, they have significant differences. When dealing with a felony, you'll probably have to secure a heftier bail amount than a misdemeanor. When you need to get a loved one out of jail quickly, it's critical to understand how the bail bond process works for any crime. Here's what you need to know.

What is a Felony?

A felony is the most serious of crimes. No matter what type of felony has been committed, a defendant is at the mercy of the judge. A judge will decide how much the bail amount will be or if the defendant is even eligible for bail. Bail for a felony is usually a hefty amount. The following are common types of felonies:

  • Drug possession/abuse
  • Theft - auto theft, burglary, larceny
  • Robbery
  • Child abuse
  • Arson
  • DUI
  • Assault
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Liquor law violations (sale of alcohol to minors)
  • Public drunkenness
  • Fraud, forgery, counterfeiting
  • Vandalism

Your loved one is considered innocent until proven guilty. However, the judge may look at a defendant's criminal history to determine if they may be a risk of danger.A judge may not grant a bail bond for the following felonies:

What is a Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor is a less severe crime than a felony. However, it is still a significant crime that may not have such a hefty amount as compared to a felony, but can still be steep. The most common types of misdemeanors are:

  • Probation violations
  • Prostitution
  • Solicitation
  • Petty theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Domestic violence
  • Public intoxication
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • DUI
  • Reckless driving

When You Need a Bail Bondsman

Bail for both felonies and misdemeanors can be challenging to afford. Attempt to raise bail from friends and family members is not only stressful but takes time, and that means your loved one has to stay in jail longer. When you can't afford bail, a bail bondsman can assist. For just a small percentage of the bond price, a bail bondsman can get your loved one out of jail quickly.

If your family member or friend has been arrested for a felony or misdemeanor, we can help. Contact Andy Callif Bail Bonds at (614) 945-4334 today. We can answer all your questions and ease your concerns to help make the bail bonds process go smoothly for you and your loved one.


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