Types of Misdemeanors
Misdemeanors are not as serous as felonies in the eyes of criminal law; however, they are still punishable by law with, in most cases, a maximum punishment of one year in prison or in a local county jail. Other penalties may also include probation, community service, and possible jail time.
Examples of misdemeanors can include DUI, shoplifting, vandalism, prostitution, reckless driving, drug possession, disorderly conduct, petty theft, public intoxication, simple assault, and trespass, to name a few.
Misdemeanors are governed by state laws and in most cases the lesser the crime the lesser the punishment and vice versa. In cases of repeat offenders, misdemeanors can be deemed felonies with harsher punishments.
Misdemeanors are classified into different categories just as felonies with the lesser misdemeanors starting at Class 4 and the worst misdemeanors being a Class 1 or according to the state they may classify misdemeanors as high, ordinary, or petty.
Since laws governing misdemeanors are different for every state, if you have been charged with a misdemeanor it would be in your best interest to consult with a local criminal defense attorney that has worked with others and misdemeanors charges in your state. Once you consult a criminal attrorney specializing in misdemeanors
, you will know your options as well as what punishments you may receive in court.