“The best way to give the distinction between a felony and a misdemeanor is to explain it in general. Felonies are much more serious violations, generally involve violent offenses, or, in a theft related situation, the amount of theft is going to be much greater than you would ever find in a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are less serious, usually non‑violent.
There’s also the difference in punishment. In felonies, the punishment is more severe. On a felony, you, if convicted, will go to prison. You have that potential. In misdemeanors, you could only do your time in the county jail. That’s the essential difference between the two.” – Daniel L. Greenberg