What Are the Differences between a Misdemeanor Charge and a Felony Charge?
Interviewer: Could you explain the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
Jack O’Donnell: A misdemeanor offense has a penalty of one year or less incarceration; a felony offense has a penalty of more than a year of potential jail time.
Interviewer: What are the levels of misdemeanor and felony?
Jack O’Donnell: In Connecticut it’s A, B, C, or D felony; A, B, or C misdemeanors. Make sure I got that right. Is there an A felony anymore? I don’t know, don’t put that in there.
Is a Drug-Related Offense a Felony or a Misdemeanor?
Interviewer: At what point does a drug offense become a felony? Can you give us an example how it could be a misdemeanor and how it could be a felony?
Marijuana Possession of Less than 4 Ounces Is a Misdemeanor; Possession with Intent to Sell Is a Felony
Jack O’Donnell: Possession of marijuana less than 4 ounces is a misdemeanor. But narcotics charges are always a felony. Possession with intent to sell anything is a felony. Sale of any illegal or controlled substance is a felony.
Interviewer: What about if you have prescription medications that weren’t legally prescribed to you?
Jack O’Donnell: That’s a felony if you have prescription medication that’s not in its proper container; I don’t remember if that’s a misdemeanor or a felony.
Robbery, Burglary and Some Larceny Charges are Felonies
Interviewer: Are there any sort of robberies or burglaries that would constitute misdemeanor or could you reduce those to misdemeanor level?
Jack O’Donnell: No, all these are felonies.
Interviewer: What about Larceny?
Jack O’Donnell: Larceny 1, 2, and 3 are felonies; 4, 5, and 6 are misdemeanors.
Interviewer: Okay. What sort of economic crimes would be misdemeanors, if you can give us an example of misdemeanors and felonies for those?
Jack O’Donnell: Some of the forgeries – it’s just too hard for me to. If I had a chart in front of me, I could tell you but I don’t have that confined to memory.