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Felony vs. Misdemeanor
Crimes are classified in terms of severity as either a misdemeanor or felony. The severity of a crime will determine the severity of the punishment. Misdemeanors are considered less serious offenses and typically punishable by 12 months or less, while felonies are considered the more significant offenses and are punishable by at least a year or more. A crime is differentiated as a felony or misdemeanor depending on how the law classifies it. Violent crimes typically fall into the felony category, although it depends on the circumstance and how the state law classifies it.
What is A Violent Crime?
A violent crime is an offense in which a person physically harms someone else, threatens, or uses violence while committing another crime. Under Georgia state law, the following are considered violent felonies:
- Malice and Felony Murder
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Cruelty to Children 1st – 3rd Degrees
- Rape & Sexual Assault
Punishment for committing a violent crime is determined by the circumstances of the case. The law allows for the harshest possible penalties in regards to violent felonies and can include significant prison sentences, fines, restitution, probation, and, in the severest cases, death.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a violent felony, contact The Usry Firm for your initial consultation, free of charge.