What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor in Massachusetts?

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What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor in Massachusetts? Does it have to do with whether you can go to jail or not if you get convicted or is it some other factor? Thanks.

ATTORNEY ANSWER:

Generally speaking the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is the amount of time one would serve. A felony which is more serious  would be served in a state’s prison. A misdemeanor would be served in a house of correction or a jail. A felony charge would include crimes like murder, rape assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. A misdemeanor charge would include crimes like driving under the influence,larceny under $250.00 and a simple assault.

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