Criminal offenses often fall under two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Felony offenses are more severe and carry harsher penalties than misdemeanor crimes. However, even if misdemeanor offenses are less intense, they could be equally damaging to your record and could adversely affect your freedom and future. In California, every criminal offense is serious, no matter how minor it seems, and should be handled by an experienced criminal defense attorney. Felony crimes are often punishable by jail time in a county jail or imprisonment in state prison. Some of the crimes that often attract felony crimes include rape, murder, homicide, drug crimes, and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated crimes. Misdemeanor crimes are often punishable by jail time (shorter jail periods than for felony crimes) and fines. For some misdemeanor crimes, the court may recommend probation instead of jail time. Some crimes that often attract misdemeanor charges under California law include petty theft, reckless driving, domestic violence, minor DUI offenses. Irrespective of whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges, it is crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who has solid experience and a strong background.