Misdemeanors fall into three categories: Class A, Class B, and Class C. In some instances, a misdemeanor charge can be enhanced to a felony.
Class C misdemeanors are commonly referred to as “tickets.” They are punishable by up to a $500 fine only and normally you do not get arrested for this type of offense. However, Class C misdemeanors are not just speeding tickets. Public intoxication, theft of less than $100.00, disorderly conduct, minor in possession of alcohol, and possession of drug paraphernalia are all examples of Class C Misdemeanors.
Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Class B misdemeanors include most first time DWIs, theft of more than $100 but less than $750, possession of small amounts of marijuana, and criminal trespass.
Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine. Class A misdemeanors include most second time DWIs, possession of small amounts of certain medications (Xanax, Valium, Adderall, etc.) without a prescription, assault, resisting arrest, family violence, carrying a weapon unlawfully, and burglary of a vehicle.
If you are accused of a misdemeanor, an experienced criminal defense attorney can work to keep you out of jail and your record clean.