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What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

I've heard both these words used a lot and I have 2 different buddies that got arrested for possession and one was a felony and one was a misdemeanor. What makes them different?

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    John J. Carney | The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
    401 East 34th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    (917) 696-2363
    A misdemeanor is any crime that you can get a year in a local jail for. A felony is any crime that you can get more than a year in state prison for.
    Answer Applies to: New York - Replied: 3/9/2013
    Richard Williams | Law Office of Richard Williams
    301 Government Street, Suite 104
    Mobile, AL 36602
    (251) 272-3765
    Isdemeanor charge carries a sentence of not more than one (1) year in the county or city jail while a felon carries a minimum sentence of not less than one year and one day in prison.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama - Replied: 1/21/2013
    Cynthia Henley | Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    7626 E. Jordan Cove
    Houston, TX 77055-5053
    (713) 222-1220
    In Texas there are 3 levels of misdemeanors - C, B, and A, and 5 levels of felonies - state jail, 3rd degree, 2nd degree, 1st degree, and capital. I've given you this list from the lowest to the highest. It affects the amount of potential punishment.
    Answer Applies to: Texas - Replied: 1/19/2013
    Lawrence Lewis, PC | Lawrence Lewis
    242 Culver Street, Suite103
    Lawrenceville, GA 30045
    (678) 407-9300
    Less than 12 months misdemeanor. More than 12 months felony.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia - Replied: 1/18/2013
    Jeff Yeh | Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    3810 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1110
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    (213) 446-2495
    Misdemeanor you can do up to 1 year in county jail. Felony you can do over 1 year in state prison (including life).
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 1/17/2013
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