The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is mainly in the severity of the crime and the punishment. These differences affect:

  • How much your case will cost
  • How long your case will go on
  • The amount of jail or prison time you face if found guilty
  • The amount of fine you could receive if found guilty
  • Your ability to vote
  • Your right to serve on a jury
  • Your ability to possess a firearm

A felony is more expensive, will likely go on longer, have increased jail or prison time, have higher fines, and could take away your ability to vote, serve on a jury, and ability to possess a firearm.