Misdemeanors are the less serious of the two classes of criminal offenses. They are broken into three levels. The lowest level is a “class C” misdemeanor and it is commonly thought of as a traffic ticket. While Anderson Legal Group does not generally represent clients with traffic tickets, we frequently have more serious criminal charges reduced.
The second level is a “class B” misdemeanor. It is commonly thought of as a first DWI. The punishment range for this offense is up to six months in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $2,000.00.
The highest level is known as a “class A” misdemeanor. A common offense under this level would be the unlawful carrying of a weapon (UCW) or a second DWI. The punishment range for this offense is up to one year in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $4,000.00.
This cursory overview is only to provide you with a quick reference as to what the maximum sentence is that the law will generally allow for each class of misdemeanor offense. However, there are other circumstances that play a factor for possibly elevating these offenses to a higher category.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, please contact us so that Mr. Anderson might be able to assist you in determining your options.