U.S. law is a complicated system, with many people not even knowing the difference between what a felony and misdemeanor charge are. If you or a loved one has been charged with one of these, you should know the variances of the two and what to expect when you go to pay misdemeanor or felony bail.
Felony charges are criminal charges and are the more serious offenses with higher bail prices. These are assault, murder, and drug charges. Bail commonly seen for these are forgery, battery, grand theft auto,controlled substances. Terms and jail sentences for felony charges can range from 3 years with a $20,000 bail to a life sentence with a minimum of a $1,000,000 bail. Commonly, you will see people that are charged with capital murder set with extremely high bail of $1 million or more to purposely keep them in prison until their court date. Depending on the crime arrested for, sometimes posting bail is not even allowed.
Misdemeanor charges are lesser offenses and are viewed as civil cases. These are often car-related issues like driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, DUI, or street racing. Misdemeanor bails are the ones the you always see the bail bond stores for as these are the less pricey bail and freedom is usually guaranteed where sometimes, persons there is no felony bail.