A misdemeanor is usually handled in District Court. The maximum penalty cannot exceed 2 ½ years in a house of correction. A felony can carry more than 2 ½ years and can be served in state prison. Examples of misdemeanors are: assault & battery, driving on a suspended license, oui, trespass, disturbing the peace, and indecent exposure. Examples of felonies are: assault & battery with a dangerous weapon, rape, robbery, and murder.

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