There are serious consequences that come with a felony conviction, including imprisonment, difficulty finding a job, inability to join the military, loss of voting rights, difficulty in leasing an apartment, loss of the right to own firearms, and inability to serve on a jury.
Although a misdemeanor conviction does not carry the same consequences, some employers choose not to hire people with a record of misdemeanor offenses, especially for commercial truck driver jobs.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, it is beneficial for you to speak with a criminal defense attorney. A criminal defense attorney can ensure that you receive strong representation and that you understand all of your options.
Criminal charges in Missouri are classified as felonies or misdemeanors. Each has a different severity class and sentencing procedure.
A Misdemeanor is a lesser offense than a felony. Misdemeanors are divided into classes: A, B and C. Class A misdemeanors are more serious than class B and C misdemeanors. Class A misdemeanor cases can result in up to one year in jail. Although most misdemeanors are not severe cases, they can have a devastating impact on your life if not handled properly. A class B misdemeanor can come with up to six months jail time. A first time DWI /DUI is typically a class B misdemeanor. A class C misdemeanor can be punishable with up to fifteen days of jail time. Harassment, possession of a fake identification card and writing a small denominational bad check are examples of class C misdemeanors. A fine or restitution to injured parties may be required in addition to or instead of jail time.
A felony is more severe than a misdemeanor and is graded as class A, B, C, D, or E. Class A is the highest severity level with up to life imprisonment. Felony charges are serious and attorney representation is strongly recommended.
Murder, distribution of narcotics, first-degree robbery and forcible rape are examples of class A felonies. Most of these examples are considered dangerous crimes that require 85% of time served before parole considerations.
Class B felonies can bring a five to fifteen year sentence. Assault with a deadly weapon, manslaughter, first degree burglary and robbery are class B felony examples.
Class C felonies can bring a three to ten year sentence. Many drug crimes are considered class C felonies. Probation is a possibility for this class of felony.
Class D felonies can result in up to seven years of imprisonment while Class E felonies can result in up to four years of prison.
A felony charge is more complicated than a misdemeanor and can have serious consequences not only for sentencing, but also for getting a job, joining the military or applying for an apartment. Hiring an experienced criminal law attorney can make a major difference in the outcome of misdemeanor and felony charges.
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If you have any questions about criminal procedures or need to retain a criminal defense attorney in Missouri, contact attorney Chris Benjamin at KC Road Lawyers by calling 816-738-5725 or navigating to our contact page for a consultation at the firm’s Belton or Butler Missouri offices.