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In most cases, Court Records are considered public records, which means they are available to the public. Certain records may be sealed or expunged, particularly those that deal with juvenile offenses, private disputes, and others that are sealed at the request of the offender.What Is the Difference Between a Civil Court Record and a Criminal Court Record?
A civil court hears cases related to civil matters, which are typically private disputes between people or organizations. Civil convictions typically result in a fine rather than jail time. Criminal courts, on the other hand, involve criminal actions that are considered harmful to society, including the most serious crimes, which may result in lengthy jail sentences.What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?
A misdemeanor is typically defined as a crime punishable by up to a year in jail. Jail time for misdemeanors may be served in a local county jail rather than a high-security prison. Felonies are the most serious crimes, punishable by prison sentences of more than one year. Criminal felonies include murder, rape, burglary, kidnapping, and arson.