The term misdemeanor covers a wide variety of offenses such as assault, battery, most DWI/DUI offenses, and petty larceny. The key aspect of a misdemeanor is that the maximum possible jail time is one year.
The most common misdemeanor other than DWI/DUI is battery against a household member or domestic violence. There are many others as well from posesssion of marijuana to larceny and theft. The common thread is that none are punishable by more the one year in jail.
Time is of the Essence! If you have not yet been arraigned, it may be possible to waive the arraignment and avoid the necessity of a court appearance just for purposes of arraignment. You have ten days from arraignment (or waiver of arraignment) to excuse the judge presiding in your case. Waiting to hire a lawyer can have serious consequences on your case. Please call immediately to discuss your case with us.
Different misdemeanor offenses carry different penalties.
Misdemeanor convictions can carry penalties up to 364 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for each crime of which you’re convicted. However, the courts prefer alternatives to jail in first offenses or less serious offenses. The punishment depends upon the nature and seriousness of the crime, compliance with the conditions of release, the ability to comply with probation, drug and alcohol use, completion of counseling and many other factors depending upon the case and the individual.