Misdemeanors vs. Felonies

Hartford County Criminal Defense Law Firm

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The criminal system in Connecticut is confusing and frustrating, especially if you are unfamiliar with it and are facing criminal charges. Our misdemeanor & felony attorneys at the Law Offices of Marc N. Needelman realize how difficult it is to face criminal charges when you don’t know how serious the charges are and what criminal penalties you may face. We are dedicated to helping clients understand their options and assuring them that we are working hard to get them through this difficult time while minimizing the consequences.

Misdemeanors vs. Felonies

There are two types of criminal offenses — misdemeanors and felonies. Whether a crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the relevant statute and the circumstances of the alleged crime. Misdemeanors are generally the less serious crimes, punishable by imprisonment for no more than one year. Felonies are more serious, punishable by more than one year in jail or prison. Both misdemeanors and felonies are classified based on the severity of the crime and the minimum and maximum fines and imprisonment that may be imposed:

  • Capital felony: Life imprisonment
  • Class A felony: 25 to 60 years’ imprisonment and up to $20,000
  • Class A felony: 10 to 25 years and up to $20,000
  • Class B felony: One to 20 years and up to $15,000
  • Class C felony: One to 10 years and up to $10,000
  • Class D felony: One to five years and up to $5,000
  • Class A misdemeanor: Up to one-year imprisonment and $2,000
  • Class B misdemeanor: Up to six months and $1,000
  • Class C misdemeanor: Up to three months and $500

In addition, there are unclassified felonies and misdemeanors punishable by imprisonment as noted in the applicable statutes, but not designated under the listed classes.

Infractions and violations

Infractions and violations are not actually crimes, but instead violations of statutes, such as speeding or running a red light. There is no jail time for violations, and in most cases, the accused may pay a fine by mail or plead not guilty and have a hearing. In addition to misdemeanors & felonies in Connecticut, our attorneys also assist clients with traffic violations and defense at hearings.

Seek knowledgeable legal representation when charged with a crime in Connecticut

For over 35 years, our criminal defense law office has provided the compassionate representation and aggressive defense services clients need when facing misdemeanor or felony charges in Connecticut. From drunk driving to drug charges and from assault to domestic violence, our firm never hesitates to fight diligently on your behalf to minimize the penalties you face. To learn more about how we assist during a trial, with plea bargains and in obtaining diversionary dispositions, please contact The Law Offices of Marc N. Needelman to schedule a free initial consultation.