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What are misdemeanors?

Misdemeanors are criminal acts that are considered less serious than felonies but more serious than infractions or petty crimes. Misdemeanors are punishable by fines, probation, and city / county jail sentences of up to a year. Felonies, on the other hand, are punishable by state prison sentences. Trials for misdemeanors are held in local courts and misdemeanor convictions are generally not counted under ‘three strikes’ law, although this may not be the case if the misdemeanor is a third conviction, depending on the nature of the crime.

Types of Misdemeanors

In Nevada, as with other states throughout the nation, misdemeanors are classified according to the severity of the offense. There are 3 classes of misdemeanor in Nevada, with a class 1 misdemeanor being the most serious and class 3 misdemeanors being the least serious.

Common examples of misdemeanor offenses include the following:

Although misdemeanors carry a maximum jail term of up to a year, if an individual is convicted of several misdemeanors, they may be given consecutive jail sentences as penalty for each offense. Therefore an individual could receive up to two years in jail if he were convicted of two offenses.

Misdemeanor Penalties

There is a variety of penalties that can be levied in the event of a misdemeanor conviction:

  • Probation: In certain cases, this time may be served on weekends in a private jail or under house arrest. Less serious cases may result in probation with no jail time.
  • Restitution: This includes monetary compensation to the victim or victims of the crime.
  • Monetary Fines
  • Mandatory Counseling or Anger Management Classes
  • Restraining Orders: This prohibits contact with a certain person or place.

Misdemeanor charges are no laughing matter. The penalties resulting from a successful conviction could have a significant impact on your life with stiff fines, jail terms, a conviction on your record, and other potential penalties. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you need to ensure that you obtain trusted legal counsel that can give you strong representation. The team at Okabe & Haushalter can aggressively defend your case towards optimum results. Contact a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer to discuss how we may be able to help you.

Do not hesitate to contact a Las Vegas misdemeanor attorney to find out how our skilled legal team can aggressively defend your misdemeanor charge.