If you are being charged with a misdemeanor, it may be a lot less worrisome than a felony; however, there are still different levels of severity. Misdemeanors have different classes and knowing what each one means will give you an idea of how severe punishment can be. While aspects can vary state-by-state, here is a general overview of each class.
Class A misdemeanors are the most severe type. It can carry up to a $5,000 fine as well as up to 12 months in county jail. These misdemeanors are usually served for people who commit crimes that are closer to felony crimes or who violate the specific court-ordered pronouncements such as restraining orders or perjury.
Class B misdemeanors are a step down from class A. These can carry up to a $1,000 fine as well as 6 to 9 months in country jail. The type of crimes in this category are usually things like theft (up to $500), criminal mischief and violation of property.
Class C misdemeanors are the least severe and typically do not include jail time although it states that up to 3 months of country jail can be applied. In addition to jail time, fines can also be given. Class C misdemeanors are usually lesser crimes like petty theft (Up to $50), trespassing and disorderly conduct.
While this is a very simplified and condensed version of what each class entails, it hopefully gives you an idea of what to expect in dealing with any of these types of misdemeanors and if you ever need us we are here to help!
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