Misdemeanor offenses are generally considered the “less severe” type of offense, but make no mistake, some misdemeanor convictions carry with them the possibility of up to a year in jail. Misdemeanor level offenses include criminal charges as well as most basic traffic offenses.

Misdemeanors are broken up into five different levels, or “degrees”, ranging from the minor misdemeanor all the way up to a misdemeanor of the first (1st) degree. Those degrees, with their respective possible penalties, are as follows:

  • Minor Misdemeanor:
    • A maximum penalty of $150.
    • Minor misdemeanors carry no possibility of incarceration, and typically the Court cannot order restitution.
  • 4th Degree Misdemeanor:
    • A maximum penalty of 30 days incarceration in a local facility.
    • A maximum fine of $250.
  • 3rd Degree Misdemeanor:
    • A maximum penalty of 60 days incarceration in a local facility.
    • A maximum fine of $500.
  • 2nd Degree Misdemeanor:
    • A maximum penalty of 90 days in a local facility.
    • A maximum fine of $750.
  • 1st Degree Misdemeanor:
    • A maximum penalty of 180 days in a local facility.
    • A maximum fine of $1,000.

Note that the above does not include other possible alternatives in sentencing, including but not limited to, probation, restitution, alcohol or substance abuse assessment and or treatment, and community service. Nor does it include “unclassified misdemeanors”, which are not as definitive and depend on the particular offense charged. Note that “Court Costs” are typically an additional expense added on at the end of your case.

Contact Cavinder Law Office and criminal defense attorney Jason Cavinder now if you or a loved one is being investigated for or charged with a misdemeanor criminal or traffic offense. Or, if you simply have questions pertaining to the area of criminal law or traffic law, our office is ready to help. We can be reached by telephone at (937) 751-4949, or by email at Jason@CavinderLaw.com. Our consultations are free and confidential.

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