What are the differences between petty offenses, misdemeanors, infractions, and felonies?

The differences between petty offenses, misdemeanors, infractions, and felonies are determined by the state laws that classify different crimes, which will vary depending on where you live. The biggest difference between misdemeanors and felonies is typically the punishment, with petty crimes and misdemeanors having significantly less severe sentences than a felony. Scroll down to learn more.

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UPDATED: Jun 29, 2022

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