- A felony is generally defined as a crime punishable by more than one year in prison.
- A misdemeanor is generally defined as punishable by one year or less in a county jail.
Misdemeanor and felony proceedings begin in the same manner, with arraignment: The defendant's charges and maximum possible penalties are read; defendant's rights are reviewed; a plea of guilty or not guilty is entered; and if applicable, bond is set and next proceedings are scheduled.
A list of approved bonding companies may be found here if bonding assistance is needed.
Misdemeanors proceed through and, if applicable, are sentenced in district court. Sentencing options include the following:
- Fines and costs
- Residential treatment
- Community service and/or work crew
- Psychological evaluation
- No contact with individuals or premises
- Any combination of the above