All crimes in the united States are classified according to their severity. A misdemeanor (“misdemeanor”) is a type of crime less serious than a felony (“felony”) and more serious than a violation. Typically, the more serious the charges, the more it will be worth it.
Misdemeanors are usually punished with a fine, with imprisonment in a local jail, or both. Generally, a misdemeanor may be punished with up to one year in jail and/or a fine less than $500.
Penalties for a Misdemeanor
The penalty for a misdemeanor can be probation or community service orders, but it all depends on the judge and the law of the state.
Although misdemeanors are considered less serious than felonies, they can have significant negative consequences. The qualification of a lawyer
can make a big difference as the case may be.
For example, the sentenced could be imprisoned for a term less than one year in a local jail, the city or county, rather than in a state or federal prison. It is important to note that the minor crimes are not considered as background computable from the face of the law of the three antecedents (“three strikes law”).
Normally, a sentenced for a misdemeanor does not lose the right to vote, to exercise a profession that requires a license, to serve in the army or the duty to perform the function of a jury.
Examples of Minor Offences
Anyone who is charged with a misdemeanor, you should seek the advice of with a lawyer about your rights. In your best interest it is advisable to contact a criminal defense attorney.
Examples of misdemeanors are typical:
- Absence before a trial
- Public Drunkenness
- Take merchandise from a store without paying for it (“shoplifting” in English)
Depending on the situation and the judge, the sentenced may be required to compensate the victim for physical injuries and costs medical. The legislation is sometimes used broad definitions to provide flexibility to prosecutors and judges to condemn the criminal behaviour.
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A qualified attorney is trained to negotiate a guilty plea and obtain a reduction of charges, or even to achieve a representation successful and obtain a dismissal of charges.