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Misdemeanor Crimes

In the criminal justice system, criminal offenses are generally divided into two main categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies are classified as the most serious offenses while misdemeanors are the least serious infractions. In most cases, a misdemeanor is defined as a crime that has an accompanying punishment that is less than one year in jail.

Examples of Common Misdemeanors

In order to understand the difference between misdemeanors and felonies, it is helpful to consider some examples of common misdemeanors. It is also important to note that, in general, misdemeanor offenses are those which do not pose a serious threat to another person or to society. Some examples include:

Misdemeanor Punishments

Although misdemeanors do not usually have severe punishments, that does not mean that they are to be taken lightly. It is very important to abide by the court’s ruling in misdemeanor cases to ensure that additional charges are not filed.

Misdemeanors are usually separated into three different classes. Each class has its own punishment range:

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