My first arrest and I am over 50 years old . No criminal history . Wound up in an altercation and was arrested with a misdemeanor . I was released and waived speedy trial . Then no charges were ever filed . I called about getting my bond money back just after a year since nothing was filed and was advised that they have not dropped my case yet ? Now , four weeks later , over a year after my arrest , they are filing a Felony Charge . I can accept a plea to a misdemeanor and get 6 months probation or fight the felony charge . Seriously , this was not a Felony type thing and how can they change the charge over a year after my arrest ? I waived the speedy trial of a MISDEMEANOR ( arrest report ) and not a FELONY . Can they really do this to make me plea after 13 months have past ?