Criminal offenses can be divided into two general categories – felonies and misdemeanors.
A felony is a crime for which a person can be imprisoned for more than a year. A misdemeanor is an offense for which a person can be imprisoned for up to a year.
The Supreme Court requires state and federal governments to provide services to those they accuse of crimes, and governments pay private lawyers to fulfill those obligations. But hiring private lawyers costs money and courts do not set budgets.