New Jersey Criminal Lawyer Clarifies Felony vs. Misdemeanor
As an experienced New Jersey Criminal Lawyer I often receive questions regarding the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor. In New Jersey, we don’t use the terms ‘felonies’ and ‘misdemeanors’. Those are all crimes in other states such as New York, but when we talk about indictable offenses, we’re talking about felonies in New Jersey. First degree, second degree, third degree, fourth degree indictable offenses could be equated to felonies. Those cases are ordinarily prosecuted at the county level. Anything below that, disorderly persons offenses, petty disorderly person offenses, violations of municipal ordinances and traffic offenses, are prosecuted in the municipal court.
The main difference is the amount of penalty you’re facing such as jail time, fines, community service, and other consequences that might affect you when going before a judge. My suggestion is that you hire an attorney who is familiar with these rules and distinctions. Please give me a call.
Are you wondering what the difference is between a felony and a misdemeanor? If so, contact the experienced New Jersey Criminal Lawyer Carl Spector.