Key Differences Between Misdemeanors and Felony Charges in Oklahoma

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The landscape of criminal law can definitely be complex at times, so it’s easy to see why the average person may have trouble distinguishing all of the differences between misdemeanor offenses and felony charges in Oklahoma. Still, these differences carry significant implications for individuals facing charges and can greatly impact the outcome of their cases. Also, it’s just a good thing in general to have a solid understanding of each one. 

Let’s delve more into the nuances of misdemeanors and felonies while examining their definitions, consequences, and legal implications.


Misdemeanors: Misdemeanors are considered less serious offenses than felonies and typically carry lighter penalties. Common examples include charges like shoplifting, trespassing, simple assault, and disorderly conduct. 

In Oklahoma, misdemeanors are divided into three categories:

  • Class A Misdemeanors: These are the most serious misdemeanor offenses in Oklahoma and carry a maximum penalty of up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Class B Misdemeanors: Class B misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $500.
  • Class C Misdemeanors: Class C misdemeanors are the least serious offenses and carry a maximum penalty of up to 30 days in county jail and a fine of up to $100.

Felonies: Felonies are more serious crimes and carry harsher penalties than misdemeanors. Some notable examples include drug possession with intent to distribute, burglary, aggravated assault, and robbery.

In our state, felonies are currently classified into seven categories:

  • Capital Felony: The most serious offense, punishable by life imprisonment without parole or death.
  • First-Degree Felony: Punishable by a maximum sentence of life imprisonment or a term of at least 20 years.
  • Second-Degree Felony: Punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years to life imprisonment.
  • Third-Degree Felony: Punishable by a maximum sentence of one to 10 years imprisonment.
  • Fourth-Degree Felony: Punishable by a maximum sentence of one to seven years imprisonment.
  • Fifth-Degree Felony: Punishable by a maximum sentence of one to five years imprisonment.
  • Unclassified Felony: Felonies not categorized into one of the above classes, carrying penalties specified by statute.

Legal Implications

While misdemeanors may result in jail time and fines, individuals charged with misdemeanors generally face less severe consequences than those charged with felonies. However, misdemeanor convictions can still have significant repercussions, including damage to one’s reputation and, in some situations, potential challenges in securing future employment and housing.

Felonies carry more severe penalties, including lengthy prison sentences, substantial fines, and loss of certain civil rights, such as the right to vote or possess firearms. Additionally, felony convictions can have long-lasting effects on various aspects of an individual’s life, including employment opportunities, professional licenses, and personal relationships.

Legal Representation

Regardless of whether you’re facing misdemeanor or felony charges in Oklahoma, seeking legal representation is crucial. A skilled criminal defense attorney can provide invaluable assistance throughout the legal process, including:

  • Case Evaluation: Reviewing the details of your case, assessing the evidence against you, and identifying potential defense strategies.
  • Negotiation: Negotiating with prosecutors to seek reduced charges or alternative sentencing options, such as diversion programs or probation.
  • Court Representation: Providing vigorous representation in court proceedings, including pre-trial hearings, motions, and trial, to protect your rights and advocate for the best possible outcome.

Your Choice of Attorney will make all the difference  

When facing charges of any kind in Oklahoma, you need an aggressive and knowledgeable attorney on your side. Securing legal representation from a proven, competent law firm specializing in criminal defense is absolutely crucial in fighting the charges or reducing the accompanying sentence.

The lawyers at Overman Legal Group are experienced in handling all types of cases. From misdemeanors to felonies, our team will account for all the facts in your favor and aggressively pursue the best possible resolution while navigating the complexities of the justice system to mitigate any long-term effects resulting from being charged. Our dedicated, award-winning attorneys will always exhaust every resource on your behalf to secure a favorable outcome in your case.

Let us build your best defense. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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