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What Are The Differences Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

September 12, 2023

What Are The Differences Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

In Tennessee, criminal charges are classified into misdemeanors and felonies. In general, if the crime carries jail time of less than a year, it is considered a misdemeanor. If the offense carries more than a year of jail time, it is considered a misdemeanor. The differences between a felony and a misdemeanor in Tennessee are important to how the potential consequences will impact your life.

What is a Misdemeanor in Tennessee?

As mentioned above, misdemeanors are usually punishable by less than a year of incarceration. In Tennessee, misdemeanors are categorized into three classes:

Misdemeanors can sometimes be bumped up to felonies. For instance, a repeat stalking offense can become a class E felony charge, but if it involves the same victim, the charge can become a class C felony. Certain misdemeanors, like theft and assault, can also be charged as felonies depending on the severity of harm inflicted on the victim.

What is a Felony in Tennessee?

Felonies in Tennessee carry the possibility of more than a year in prison or the death penalty. In Tennessee, there are five felony classifications:

It’s crucial to note the only felony that is punishable by the death penalty is first-degree murder. Also, repeat gang offenders and repeat offenders of violent crimes will face enhanced felony penalties.

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