What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

A misdemeanor offense in the State of Georgia includes traffic and minor criminal offenses that are punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.00 (or higher for certain repeat offenses and high and aggravated misdemeanors) and up to one year in jail.  Felonies are more serious offenses that are punishable by a fine and a sentence of one year or more in jail.  Some offenses, such as local ordinance violations, may not fall into either category and are usually punishable by only a fine or less time in jail.

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