Do Defendants Have The Same Rights When Facing Misdemeanor And Felony Charges?

A defendant charged with a misdemeanor has fewer legal rights than a defendant charged with a felony. If the defendant will not face imprisonment as a result of conviction, he has no right to an attorney. There is no right to indictment by grand jury, or to a “preliminary examination” to review the basis of the charges filed. In some states, misdemeanor charges are tried before six person juries, whereas felonies are ordinarily tried before twelve person juries. Most other rights are the same, for both felonies and misdemeanors.

At the Charles Johnson Law Firm, we provide a free consultation to anyone charged with a crime. You should take advantage of that free consultation immediately. Having an attorney is so important to successfully getting through the criminal process. Get a free initial consultation by calling Houston Criminal Defense Attorney Johnson now at 713-272-4586, 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.

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  • Alberto Avila
    Posted March 19, 2022 2:39 pm 0Likes

    I am Alberto Avila from Houston Tx, am trying to obtain my right to bear arms. I have applied and was denied due to a Battery Misdemeanor in the state of Georgia. I reside in Texas for over 20 years now. My charge was 20 years ago and has been long since served and dues paid. I am not quite sure my next steps to pursue hope you can help

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