What is a Misdemeanor

Class A Misdemeanor 

A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is less serious than a felony and more serious than an infraction. Misdemeanors are punishable by a fine and incarceration in the county jail, unlike infractions which impose no jail time. Many jurisdictions separate misdemeanors into three classes:

    • high or gross misdemeanors
    • ordinary misdemeanors, and petty misdemeanors

The serious misdemeanor is Class A misdemeanors, some result up to 12 months imprisonment in the jail, and may include the addition of a hefty fine. Sentences for Class A misdemeanors are similar to lighter felonies. Criminal Class A misdemeanors may include:

      • Assault causing bodily injury
      • Resisting arrest
      • Burglary
      • DUI with no bodily injury
      • Unlawful possession of a weapon
      • Perjury
      • Possession of a controlled substance
      • Violation of restraining order

Class B Misdemeanor:

Class B misdemeanors, are considered less severe than Class A. The prosecution takes into account the nature and severity of the crime committed, as well as the defendants character and if he/she has a criminal history in determining the severeness of the punishment. Criminal Class B misdemeanors include:

      • Criminal mischief
      • Criminal trespass
      • Certain types of terroristic threats
      • Prostitution
      • Indecent exposure
      • Certain types of assault
      • Graffiti
      • Theft of property worth more than $50, but less than $500

Class C Misdemeanor

Class C misdemeanors, minor offenses for which punishment usually does not include jail time in many jurisdictions. Offenders may, find their sentence increased, with jail time and a higher fine. Criminal Class C misdemeanors may include:

      • Criminal mischief
      • Disorderly conduct
      • Certain types of assault
      • Theft of property worth less than $50
      • Issuing a bad check
      • Falsely reporting a missing child or person
      • Reckless damage or destruction
      • Leaving a child unattended in a vehicle
      • Criminal trespass

Misdemeanors matters can have tremendously negative effects on your life in the San Diego area. If you face trial, charges, or other misdemeanors matters, do not risk your life with a public attorney. Rely on the over 25 years experience of us at Law Office of Thomas P Matthews by calling today. 

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