Crimes are categorized into misdemeanors and felonies, and each group is further divided into classes. A misdemeanor offense is considered less severe and typically results in fines, probation, or less than a year in jail. On the other hand, a felony is a more serious crime that can lead to at least one year of imprisonment, often more. Even if you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, a criminal record or conviction can have adverse effects on your life long after you have completed your sentence.