What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

In New Hampshire (NH) a felony is a crime that is punishable by a year or more in prison.

NH has two kinds of misdemeanors: class A misdemeanors are a crimes that are punishable by imprisonment of a maximum of one year in the house of corrections and up to $2,000 fines and class B misdemeanors are crimes that carry no incarceration and have a maximum fine of $1,200. 

In NH there are also violation level offenses that carry no incarceration and have fines associated. Felonies are the most serious crimes followed by misdemeanors and violations. Any criminal conviction may impact your rights and privileges and should be taken seriously.