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What’s the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?
Misdemeanors are generally less severe than felonies. And in Arizona – Arizona has a number based system that describes the severity of the crime alleged. So misdemeanors are divided into class 1, 2, and 3 misdemeanors, and they have different ranges for the penalties. So for example, class 1 misdemeanor has a maximum of six months jail whereas a class 3 misdemeanor has a maximum of 30 days jail. Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors and they are also classified by this number based system. So they’re divided into class 1, class 2, class 3, class 4, class 5, class 6 felony. Class 6 felony being known as least serious; class 1 felony being the most serious, ensuring the most consequences – sentencing wise.