A Misdemeanor is a crime typically punishable by a year or less in the county jail, or fines, or both. However, based upon certain penalty enhancers, in some cases a misdemeanor could have a sentence much longer than a year.
You have the same rights in a misdemeanor case as a felony case, with a few exceptions. The most notable exception is you are not entitled to a preliminary hearing. You are entitled to the same constitutional rights, including the right to a trial. Your case will progress through the courts much as outlined on the felony tab.
Even though a misdemeanor case is not as “serious” as a felony case, a misdemeanor case can have significant consequences. Penalties still can include things like jail time, probation, fines, and court costs. Further, a misdemeanor conviction will also remain a part of your criminal record. However, in certain cases, a misdemeanor conviction can be expunged (removed from your record). In addition, there are certain programs available for misdemeanor cases that could result in an outcome other than a criminal conviction. You should talk to an experienced attorney at Monahan & Johnson, S.C. to discuss your options in a misdemeanor case.