Massachusetts Felony Offenses
As a Massachusetts criminal defense, Attorney Michael DelSignore will gladly explain to you the difference between Felony and misdemeanor offenses.
The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor offense is that a felony offense carries with it a maximum penalty of over 2.5 years in the house of correction or allows for a sentence of State prison time. Also, a felony conviction will subject you to the requirement of having to submit to a DNA test.
Here are some examples of felony offense:
Rape, indecent assault and battery, distribution of cocaine, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and larceny over $ 250.00 to name a few felony offense. A Massachusetts felony offense can be heard either in district court or superior court. If a felony is heard in district court, the maximum sentence that can be imposed is 2.5 years in the house of correction. If the Commonwealth seeks an indictment and brings the case to superior court, the Commonwealth can seek State prison time and jail time up to the statutory maximum punishment.
Massachusetts felony offenses require a strong defense and an exhaustive preparation for trial. In some cases, a prosecutor may be willing to agree to reduce a charge to a misdemeanor offense in order for the case to be resolved. In other cases, to avoid a felony conviction a trial before a judge or jury will be required.
If you have questions about whether a criminal charge is a Felony or Misdemeanor or would like to discuss contesting the charge in court, feel free to call Attorney DelSignore at 781-686-5924.