Misdemeanor cases are handled in General Sessions Court. They involve criminal matters where the maximum legal sentence is less than one year. In some misdemeanor cases, a person is arrested and a warrant is taken out. In other instances, the police will issue a citation and the person needs to go and “book themselves in.”
I have handled thousands of misdemeanors cases over the past fifteen years.
Felony cases are cases where the sentence can exceed eleven months and twenty-nine days. They normally involve a person getting arrested with an arrest warrant. Most felonies begin in General Sessions Court but can be “bound over” into Criminal Court.
I have been very successful in getting many felonies reduced to misdemeanors. This way they can be settled in General Sessions Court without the added expense and trouble of going to Criminal Court.
By reducing a felony to a misdemeanor, it keeps a felony off of a person’s record, which is very important. It is far more serious to have a felony on your record than a misdemeanor.