What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor charge?

A felony is a major crime that may be punished with a minimum of one year in jail or prison. A misdemeanor is a less serious crime that is punishable by confinement in the city jail for a maximum of one year, a fine of not more than $2,500, or both. Felony cases may require multiple court appearances whereas misdemeanor cases generally require a single appearance in court. Get more information on the criminal court process.

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1. What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor charge?
2. Why am I a witness? I didn't see the crime occur.
3. What if the defense attorney contacts me?
4. I was issued a subpoena for court. What happens if I don't show up?
5. What if my employer won't let me come to court?
6. Can I drop charges?
7. What is a preliminary hearing, and do I need to be there?
8. What is an advisement and why does the victim/witness not have to be present?
9. What is a grand jury and why does the victim/witness not need to be present?
10. Why are some misdemeanor cases not assigned to a prosecutor, leaving the victim/witness without legal representation at the court hearing?