Misdemeanor charges, by definition, are criminal offenses for which incarceration of no more than 11 months and 29 days may be imposed. The fact that a shorter term of incarceration is presented, than that allowed for felony charges, does not in any way change the serious nature of misdemeanor charges. Misdemeanor charges are graded as follows:
|Class "A" Misdemeanor||Not greater than eleven (11) months twenty-nine (29) days in jail or a fine not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2500) or both unless otherwise provided by statute.|
|Class "B" Misdemeanor||Not greater than six (6) months in jail or a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500) or both unless otherwise provided by statute.|
|Class "C" Misdemeanor||Not greater than thirty (30) days in jail or a fine not to exceed fifty dollars ($50) or both unless otherwise provided by statute.|
Though a misdemeanor is not considered a serious is a felony, the damage to reputation, career and inability to work can be just as great. It is important to approach a misdemeanor charge with the same care that one would a felony.