People are not wrong to assume that misdemeanor crimes carry less weight than
felonies. Misdemeanor crimes are met with less severe punishments, while
felonies usually involve longer jail time and larger fines. Punishment for misdemeanor
crimes include limited jail time, smaller fines, hours of community service,
and a criminal record. Misdemeanors usually fall under three categories.
1. Class A
Class A misdemeanors are the most serious of the three. An example of this
type of crime is breaking into a vehicle. Punishment for these crimes
usually involves fines of up to a 1,000 dollars and a year of jail time.
2. Class B
These misdemeanors are less serious than class A crimes, but more serious
than class C. They fall roughly in the middle of the two. Crimes of this
magnitude are usually trespassing or street prostitution. Punishments
for class B demeanors involve up to 180 days in jail.
3. Class C
Class C misdemeanors are the least severe of the three. Public intoxication
or gambling are considered class C misdemeanors. Most of the time jail
time is not served and fines are usually less than 1,000 dollars.
Although punishment for misdemeanors are less severe than those of felonies
they are still show up on your record. The most common types of misdemeanors
are listed below.
theft is a large umbrella that can cover a number of offenses. Shoplifting trinkets
and clothes or switching price tags are considered petty theft. If the
price of the item stolen falls higher than the statuary price for that
state it is considered a felony. The statutory limit ranges from state.
- The most common culprits of this crime are heavily intoxicated people leaving
bars and clubs. Exposing your genitals and urinating in public can earn
you an arrest. It doesn’t matter if you were consciously hiding
yourself or relieving yourself in clear sight. Urinating behind a dumpster
or alleyway or in front of passing cars can lead to an indecent exposure arrest.
- In some public spaces it is against the law to be intoxicated. In some
situations an individual under the influence can hide their intoxication
in front of law enforcement. Most public intoxication arrests are made
when people participate in disorderly behavior. This can range from damaging
property to starting fights/riots.
Entering a property that has been restricted to the public is considered
trespassing. Some public areas specify the hours when people can occupy
the space. Being on property during hours where the space should be vacant
is also considered a form trespassing. Being on private property without
permission is also considered trespassing. Punishment for trespassing
also varies from state to state. The punishment for trespassing is usually
less severe than those of other misdemeanors.
If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor and are seeking legal counsel,
feel free tocontact us at Kyle Law.