A misdemeanor criminal offense is a crime that may be punishable up to 6 months in jail.
Courts of Limited Jurisdiction. It is an offense that is less serious than a felony and does not involve prison, but it may have some serious professional and personal consequences if convicted.
Types of Misdemeanor Offenses.
Some common Misdemeanors include the following types of offenses:
- Theft (Less than $1,000.00)
- Theft of Services
- Disorderly Conduct
- Criminal Damage
- Domestic Violence
- False Reporting to a Police Officer
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Driving Under the Influence (a.k.a. DUI, Drunk Driving, DWI)
- Minor Drug Offenses (Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia)
- Driving with an Open Container
- Criminal Speeding
- Racing on a Highway
These offenses are generally considered a minor wrongdoing compared to more serious Felony Offenses. Misdemeanor offenses often can affect people from all walks of life.
Jail Time and Fines
Misdemeanor offenses are categorized into three types of levels. Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 Offenses with Class 1 offenses as being the most serious type of offense.
- A Class 1 Misdemeanor is punishable up to 6 Months in Jail, and a maximum fine of up to $2,500.
- A Class 2 Misdemeanor is punishable up to 4 months in Jail, and a maximum fine of up to$1,000.00
- A Class 3 Misdemeanor is punishable up to 30 Days in Jail, and a maximum fine of up to$500.00.
Professional Consequences of a Misdemeanor
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor criminal offense you ability to find employment may be impacted severely.
Most employers ask potential job applicants if the have been convicted of any offense. An applicant who answers truthfully would have to affirmatively disclose that conviction.
Some jobs and careers require professional licenses. Many of these professions in Arizona require a Finger Print Clearance Card pursuant to A.R.S. 41-1758.03. These professions include:
- Real Estate Brokers and Agents
- Military Recruits
- Law Enforcement Trainees
Many of these licensing boards require disclosure of offenses at the application and renewal process or have a continuing duty to disclose an offense committed while licensed.
Some colleges and universities require disclosure of any prior crimes. A criminal conviction may prohibit admission or eligibility for financial aid.
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor you will immediately face some personal consequences.
- Mandatory Counseling – You may be ordered to be placed in counseling for drug, anger management, domestic violence, or moral recognition counseling.
- Immigration Rights – If you are not a citizen of the Immigration ConsequencesUnited States, being found guilty of a crime may impact your immigration rights to apply for citizenship or remain in the United States legally and be deported.
- Right to Possess Fiream– Under Federal Law if you are convicted of any domestic violence offense your right to possess or purchase a firearm will be revoked.
- Probation -You may be placed on probation if convicted of a misdemeanor offense. You must report to a probation officer on a regular basis if ordered on supervised probation.
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