What is a Misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that carries a maximum punishment of up to a $1,000 fine and/or up to a year in the county jail.  Although a misdemeanor is less serious than a felony, a conviction will still result in a criminal record and should be taken seriously.

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  8. […] time to file is the statute of limitations.  In general, on a misdemeanor, the prosecution has up to a year to file charges from the date of the incident.  Most felonies […]

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  10. […] time to file is the statute of limitations.  In general, on a misdemeanor, the prosecution has up to a year to file charges from the date of the incident.  Most felonies […]

  11. […] you have an upcoming date in court for a misdemeanor criminal case, but you cannot appear on that date, what do you do? For example, let’s say you have a family […]

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