What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

One of the most commonly asked questions by human resources departments regarding background checks is how to determine which crimes are the most serious. Criminal records found on a background check should be weighed by the particular job position being filled, but the courts do have some general classifications of guidance.  A criminal record may show that someone has either a misdemeanor or a felony and it’s important to know the difference.

Generally, those who receive sentences for misdemeanors spend a year or less in a local or county jail. Felonies are the more serious of the offenses, resulting in greater sentencing of more than a year in prison or the death penalty.

Examples of Misdemeanors:

  • Petty Theft
  • Simple Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Minor Drug Offenses
  • Prostitution

Examples of Felonies:

  • Burglary
  • Aggravated Assault/ Rape
  • Murder/Manslaughter
  • Arson
  • Drug Distribution
  • Fraud

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