Felony or Misdemeanor: What is the Difference?

In Minnesota, there are for level of offenses in criminal state court.  A Petty Misdemeanor, (example: speeding ticket) is punishable up to a fine in the amount of $300.  The next higher level offense is a Misdemeanor (example: first time DUI).  The maximum punishment for a misdemeanor offense is 90 days in jail and a $3,000 fine.  Next is a Gross Misdemeanor (example: 2nd DUI).  The maximum punishment for a gross misdemeanor is up to 364 days in jail and a $3,000 fine.  Finally, the highest level offense is a Felony (example:  Sex crimes, Drug offenses).  The maximum punishment for a felony can include years of prison time and fines in the thousands of dollars.

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