A Felony, A Misdemeanor and A Violation: The Difference Between Them and What You Should Know

By Marc R. Pallozzi, Esq. of Ianniello Anderson, P.C.  ©2019

In addition to the real estate services that are offered, Ianniello Anderson, P.C.  has an emerging criminal defense, DWI, and vehicle and traffic law practice.  Our team of attorneys include all former prosecutors with experience handling nearly every type of crime and traffic offense in both State and Federal Courts.   We will be running blogs based on common questions we receive.

One of the most common questions we get asked is the difference between a felony, a misdemeanor, and violation. 

We will take this on in three separate posts, starting with the least serious – violations.

Violations are criminal charges that do not result in a “criminal record.”  In fact, depending on the type of violation, a record of conviction may be sealed automatically by the Court as though it never happened.  For this reason violations are the least serious of criminal offenses.  Here is a list of the most common violations:

–          Disorderly Conduct

–          Unlawful Possession of Marijuana

–          Harassment in the Second Degree

–          Public Intoxication

–          Loitering

–          Exposure of a Person

Even though considered the least serious of criminal charges, a conviction for a violation could result in up to 15 days in county jail, community service, and fines.


Criminal charges, even violations, can be tricky to deal with.  Do not go it alone.  Call the experienced attorneys at Ianniello Anderson, P.C. to guide you through the process and protect what is most important to you.


DISCLAIMER: Although written by an attorney, this article is not to be construed as legal advice. The purpose of the article is to inform and instruct.  Because every situation is unique, please refer all legal questions to qualified legal counsel.