Although crimes differ significantly in severity under New York’s criminal law, felony criminal charges are more serious than misdemeanors. For a misdemeanor criminal charge, for example, the potential penalties include a monetary fines and no more than 1 year in county jail.
In contrast, the penalty for a felony criminal charge could be more than a year in state or federal prison. If you are facing felonious criminal charges, early in the process, your Criminal Defense Attorney should open up conversations with the District Attorney or Assistant District Attorney and determine the best offer. A felony is certainly more serious than a misdemeanor. That being said, the district attorney does have the flexibility to decide whether to charge the accused as a felony. It is important to recall that criminal charges related to shoplifting are generally a misdemeanor, unless the party stealing the property manages to steal over $1,000 worth items.