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How Are Violations, Misdemeanors, & Felonies Different? October 24, 2018

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How Are Violations, Misdemeanors, & Felonies Different?, Honolulu, Hawaii

Crimes fall into three main categories: violations, misdemeanors, and felonies. Most individuals accused of a crime use bail bond services to remain out of jail while they await their court dates, depending on the accusation. Learn how to distinguish each category and their accompanying punishments, so you’ll know when to look into bail bonds.


Also known as infractions or petty offenses, violations never include jail time or probation. Those who commit violations, such as driving above the speed limit, running a red light, jaywalking, fishing without a license, drinking in public, and camping in a prohibited area, must pay fines outlined by their municipality or state government. They do not have a right to a trial since infractions do not involve arrests. Bail bond services are therefore not needed.


bail bond servicesMisdemeanor offenses fall into three categories: high or gross, ordinary, and petty. Jail time, community service, and fines depend on the category of misdemeanor. Jail sentencing never exceeds one year. Those charged with misdemeanors have a right to a trial as well as legal representation. Petty theft, simple assault such as an assault of a police officer or social worker, trespassing, and indecent exposure are among the many types of misdemeanors that may require bail bond services.


Felonies call for bail bond services unless the defendant has access to significant sums of money. These severe criminal offenses are punishable by fines or incarceration of a year or more, with most people convicted of felonies subject to both. Felonies range from white collar crimes, such as fraud, tax evasion, perjury, and embezzlement, to serious physical harm, such as vehicular homicide, rape, manslaughter, aggravated assault and battery, animal cruelty, and murder.


24 Hour Bail Bonds Oahu helps those accused of misdemeanors and felonies post bail quickly, so they can remain in the comfort of their homes before their court dates. Based in Honolulu, HI, the locally owned and operated bail bond company offers assistance to residents throughout Oahu any time of day or night as well as simple payment plans and the lowest bail rates on the island. Call (808) 753-8450 or visit the website to learn more about their bail bond service options.

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