A misdemeanor offense is a lesser crime punishable by a fine and/or county jail time for up to one year. Misdemeanors are typically victimless crimes, which means that they are generally considered to be mala prohibita crimes. All crimes are either classified as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the seriousness of the crime.
This list is not exclusive. Many criminal offenses can also be charged as felonies or a misdemeanors, depending on the severity of the crime.
You face consequences of a misdemeanor conviction:
The likelihood of any of the above consequences depends on:
Yes, along with criminal liability, you may face civil liability for actions leading to a misdemeanor. If a civil charge is brought, you may be required to pay money for the victim's:
If you are accused of a misdemeanor, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.
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