What’s The Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?

If you’ve been arrested in New York, understanding the charges against you are critical to determining your next steps in protecting your rights. Watch this video by experienced Long Island criminal defense attorney Michaelangelo Matera to learn about the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor charge in New York.


In New York, crimes can be of several levels. We have felonies, we have misdemeanors, and we have violations. The difference typically is the type of crime and the amount of potential punishment that an individual is facing. With most misdemeanors, the potential punishment is going to be up to three hundred and sixty four days incarceration. With a felony, it could be anything above three hundred and sixty four days of incarceration up to potential lifetime incarceration.

When people are facing difficult legal situations what matters is results. At The Matera Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience helping people when they need it most. As former prosecutors, we know how the other side of the courtroom is going to be looking at our clients’ cases. Further, that trial experience has allowed us to generate positive results for all of our clients over the years.

If you’re facing charges in New York, it’s important to know the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor. If you or someone you love is in need of an experienced Long Island criminal defense lawyer, contact us today for a free confidential consultation. We proudly serve Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and throughout New York State. Let us help protect your freedom.

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