A misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by a fine and/or a short jail time that could be up to one year. Any crime is classified as a misdemeanor or a felony only depending on the severity of the crime. Crimes are measured by their gravity, a misdemeanor (misdemeanor) is a more serious crime than a violation. Depending on the severity of the charges will be the severity of the penalty imposed by the judge.
Some Types Of Misdemeanors
Misdemeanors can vary between states. These are several types of minor offenses that very common. Some examples of criminal misdemeanors are:
- Theft, which is simply the action of seizing other people"s things with intimidation and violence on people who own things.
- Assault and Battery, the assault can just be a mere attempt of aggression or aggression with physical contact with another person without the person"s consent.
- Vandalism is causing damage to the property of others, leading to deterioration and even the destruction of pieces or works of great value.
- Misdemeanor resisting arrest or misdemeanor arrest is an attempt to flee a law enforcement officer. Actions such as running and hiding from a police officer constitute an act of misdemeanor resisting arrest.
- Disorderly Conduct is when a person is involved intentionally in public fights and even after the person is asked to stop continuously do so or alters a lawful assembly.
- Failure to attend before a trial is simply not to appear before the court to schedule a hearing.
- Prostitution is defined as the particular act of sexual activities and receives compensation for it. This applies to both women and men.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) is driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol above the maximum level allowed by the state.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately to learn about their rights and how to act in its defense. Keep in mind that the presence of a lawyer can make a big difference and that minor offenses do not come as accounting records within the law of the three antecedents (three strikes law).
Consequences Of Being Charged With A Misdemeanor
If charged with a misdemeanor you face a conviction of a misdemeanor that would be on your record for life. You could be imprisoned in the county jail, receive mandatory classes, heavy fines, lose the right to possess deadly weapons.
The possibility that one of the previous consequences happen depends on the degree of injury or damage, the seriousness of the crime, mitigating and aggravating circumstances, the present prior convictions, the attitude of the court toward this type of crime, if used to commit the offense a weapon or not. In a misdemeanor you may be ordered to give monetary compensation to the victim in the following cases; for bodily injury (pain and suffering) medical costs lost time from work and emotional injury.