What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony in Connecticut?

When a person is charged with a crime in Connecticut, they are facing serious penalties. The crime you are charged with can fall into one of two categories, both of which will result in time behind bars and fines.

The first and less severe category is what is known as a misdemeanor. There are three different classifications of misdemeanors, Class A being the most severe and Class C being the least severe. When you are convicted of a Class C misdemeanor, you are facing up to three months of jail time and a fine of $500. Class B misdemeanors will require you to spend up to six months behind bars and a fine of up to $1,000. Finally, those who are convicted of Class A misdemeanors will face up to one year of time in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

The more serious offenses are known as felonies. Felonies can result in life in prison and fines up to $20,000. Like misdemeanors, felonies are also broken down into different classifications. The most severe of all of the felony convictions is known as a capital felony, where you will spend the rest of your life in prison. The least severe of the felonies is Class D, which will put you in prison for between one and five years. In addition, you will be subject to fine of up to $5,000.

If you are were charged with a crime and are facing either felony or misdemeanor convictions, you will require the experienced legal representation of a criminal defense attorney who can fight to lessen your charges.

Marc N. Needelman is an experienced Criminal Law Attorney, working throughout the state of Connecticut. Contact the law firm to speak with an experienced lawyer and set up a free initial consultation.

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