Learn How Crimes Are Classified
Whether you first heard the charge when you were arrested or learned about the offense during your arraignment, facing a criminal charge can be a frightening experience. If this is your first encounter with our state’s legal system, you may feel anxious about the penalties you are facing, the effect of the charges on your reputation and the impact of this situation on your family.
For over two decades, Hensley Law Office has helped residents of Russell and its neighboring cities fight criminal charges. Our principal lawyer, Jeff Hensley, has extensive experience in defending his clients in criminal court on the state and federal level. His familiarity with the legal procedures in Kentucky courts ensures that you will be advised by a practiced trial attorney. From misdemeanor drug charges to felony theft, Jeff will customize a legal strategy that can produce a favorable result.
Educate Yourself On Misdemeanors And Felonies
When law enforcement files a charge, officers look at the crime committed to determine if the offense should be categorized as an infraction, misdemeanor or felony. Of the three tiers of offenses, the misdemeanors and felonies are those that create long-term damage when they appear on your criminal record.
Here’s how the two charges differ:
A misdemeanor charge is considered less serious than a felony charge. While some misdemeanors will require you serve up to a year in jail as a penalty, many charges can be resolved by paying a fee. Many first-time offenders choose to accept a misdemeanor charge because they believe this lesser charge will not affect their lives.
Actually, having a misdemeanor on a criminal record influences job, education and housing options years down the road. This is why it’s important to retain a lawyer who can advise you of your options and help you make educated choices.
A felony charge is the most serious of the three classes. This classification is assigned to violent crimes such as murder, robbery or vehicular homicide. Defendants may face years in a federal prison if they are convicted.
During a felony trial, rigid guidelines regulate the trial process because the penalties connected with this offense can be severe. By hiring a knowledgeable trial attorney, you ensure that your civil rights are protected at every stage of the process.
Need An Honest Assessment Of Your Case? Contact Hensley Law Office Today.
During your free consultation, either in prison or at the firm, you can share your account with Jeff Hensley. For your convenience, you can reach the office by sending a message or by dialing 606-393-6407.