Only a criminal defense attorney can appreciate this: after the plea is entered, after months of negotiating, maybe a motion or two, extensive discussion of the facts and maybe a meeting with the DA’s supervisor, the client asks if his or her plea was to a felony or a misdemeanor. It always amazes me to get this question because there are huge differences between the two levels of offenses. Click on the following link to read what is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony – http://www.greghillassociates.com/lawyer-attorney-1912506.html.
In misdemeanor cases such as vandalism, shoplifting, hit and run and certain others, a defendant can pay the victim for the damages caused in a crime, show the judge proof of the payment and then the judge can dismiss the case. There is a bit more to it than just this, but the general concept exists. It is provided for at Penal Code §§ 1377 and 1378. To learn more about his type of motion, called a Motion for Civil Compromise, click here – http://www.greghillassociates.com/lawyer-attorney-1896073.html.