The Differences Between A Felony and Misdemeanor in South Carolina

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It is imperative that you retain legal counsel immediately if you are charged with either a misdemeanor or felony in South Carolina because both types of charges can result in serious consequences to you if you sustain a conviction. Those who have been convicted of misdemeanors or felonies will more often than not obtain a criminal record that will follow them throughout the remainder of their lives, in addition to the initial sentencing, i.e. jail time and fines. Having a criminal record can prevent you from being hired for certain jobs, residing in certain geographical areas, obtaining certain professional licenses and securing certain loans. Whatever types of charges you are facing, please read on, then contact an experienced Chesterfield criminal defense lawyer to learn the differences between a felony and a misdemeanor in South Carolina.

How does a felony differ from a misdemeanor in South Carolina?

Felonies and misdemeanors have huge differences from each other. A misdemeanor, simply put, is a minor crime, while a felony is a serious crime that can land you in jail or prison for many years or even the rest of your life. Though not always the case, a misdemeanor will have a smaller impact on your life than the potential long-term consequences of a felony.

Examples of felony and misdemeanor offenses in South Carolina


  • Shoplifting, first offense
  • Receiving stolen goods with a value over $2,000 and up to $10,000
  • Graffiti vandalism, third offense
  • Trespassing on the grounds of a domestic violence shelter
  • Assault and battery, second degree
  • Contributing to the delinquency of a minor


  • Murder
  • Criminal sexual conduct, first degree (Rape)
  • Kidnapping
  • Carjacking, with great bodily injury
  • Robbery while armed with a deadly weapon
  • Bank robbery

Why do you need a Chesterfield County criminal defense attorney?

A defendant who represents him- or herself has a fool for a client. There are few places where that statement is more accurate than in the state of South Carolina, which has one of the strictest and most unforgiving criminal codes in the United States. Even if you do not face the death penalty, you could face decades behind bars, especially if you have a record. No matter what your unique circumstances are, you will need a skilled criminal defense attorney to aggressively fight your charges at every turn of the process. Our firm is here to help. Please give us a call today.


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