Past, present and future. These are all time periods in a person's life, and one can definitely have an impact on the next. This is especially true when it comes to misdemeanor charges. Misdemeanors are often associated with certain traffic charges and criminal offenses that aren't prosecuted as felonies. While not a felony charge, misdemeanor charges should still be taken very seriously to avoid any negative impact on a person's future.
If you've ever heard the term "statute of limitations," it can initially sound like a mouthful. However, it's just a term that describes the time limits in which a person can bring a felony or misdemeanor legal action. These limitations are often determined by state law and dictate how much time can pass before a person can file criminal charges against someone else for felony and misdemeanor crimes. Since these time limits vary in different states, if one is accused of felony charges such as rape, it's good for people in Kansas to know what those time limits are.
If you've ever gone to a bar and ordered a drink, the bartenders often ask if you want to 'keep it open,' meaning to keep the card open on file at the bar until you're ready to pay your tab for the night. It's common practice at any average bar or restaurant. Except something went wrong when a customer couldn't find his card after visiting a local Olathe restaurant. The owner of the restaurant has since been charged with misdemeanor and felon theft charges.
You've likely heard the saying that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should. Growing up in Kansas, your parents may have said something similar to you on many occasions. Remember the question about whether you'd jump off a cliff if all your friends were doing it? Fast forward to adulthood, and the sage advice your parents taught you in childhood can come in handy, especially during a traffic stop.
If you have ever watched a cop show on television, you may have heard the term reduced charges. While this is a good term to hear next to the word charges, what exactly does it mean? Reduced charges mean that an initial crime, say a drug charge, was lessened in comparison to the original charge. Receiving a reduced charge can be the goal of a good criminal defense.
Whether you or a loved one is facing a misdemeanor criminal charge or a felony criminal charge, they are all serious criminal charges but you may have some questions related to potential penalties and consequences. Misdemeanor criminal charges are generally considered to be lesser charges than felony criminal charges. In addition, they are punishable by a year or less in jail whereas felony criminal charges are generally punishable by a year or greater in prison.