If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to understand the seriousness of your charge. Different crimes are associated with different penalties depending on the nature of the crime and the circumstances that surround it. For many crimes, a person may be charged with a misdemeanor, a lesser criminal offense than a felony charge.
Examples of crimes that may qualify as misdemeanors include:
- Disorderly conduct
- Reckless driving
- Public intoxication
- Drunk driving
- Drug possession
- Petty theft
- Simple assault
These and other similar crimes are not usually considered serious enough to result in harsh punishments. However, certain circumstances can elevate the severity of each of these crimes to the point that a person is charged with a felony, a much more serious crime.
A misdemeanor is often defined by its maximum allowable punishments. Misdemeanor crimes are usually punishable by a maximum of one year of incarceration, usually in a local jail rather than a state prison. Other associated punishments may include:
- Community service
- Part-time imprisonment on weekends
- Fines and fees
- Loss or suspension of privileges, including public offices, public employment, or driver’s / professional licenses
The punishments associated with misdemeanor charges vary depending on the situation surrounding the crime, and are assigned on a case-by-case basis.
For a strong defense against your criminal charges, contact the Appleton criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C.. Call our offices at 414-271-9595 to discuss your situation with a qualified attorney.