Misdemeanors are generally considered lesser charges than that of felonies but it still doesn’t mean that jail and fines are off the table especially when you talking about the higher class charges. To learn about how misdemeanor charges are separated, here is a quick rundown of what a defendant may be looking at and why.
Class A misdemeanors are considered to be the most serious type of misdemeanor. It is just one level down from a felony and this type of charge is typically saved for people who violate court-ordered pronouncements like perjury or violating restarting orders. Class A charges can carry up to $5000 fines or up to a year in county jail.
Class B misdemeanors are a step down from class A. These can carry up to a $1,000 fine as well as 6 to 9 months in country jail. The type of crimes in this category are usually things like theft (up to $500), criminal mischief and violation of property.
The least severe category of misdemeanors are considered class C. These come with little to no jail time and relatively minor fines. Class C status is usually give to charges such as petty theft and destruction of property up to $50 and smaller issues like trespassing and disorderly conduct.
This may be a very condensed version of what each class represents but hopefully it explains basically how these charges are considered and if you ever have any further questions, please feel free to get in touch and we would be happy to assist!