mis·de·mean·our misdemeanours in AM, use misdemeanor1. A misdemeanour is an act that some people consider to be wrong or unacceptable. Emily knew nothing about her husband's misdemeanours
In the United States and other countries where the legal system distinguishes between very serious crimes and less serious ones, a misdemeanour is a less serious crime. She was charged with a misdemeanour, that of carrying a concealed weapon
In Anglo-American law, two categories of criminal offense. A crime is classed as one or the other according to its seriousness. In U.S. law, a felony is typically defined as a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment of not less than one year. Misdemeanours are often defined as offenses punishable only by fines or by short terms of imprisonment in local jails. Crimes in Britain are classified into indictable offenses (which may be tried by a jury) and summary offenses (which may be tried by a judge without juries). Codes in Europe also distinguish offenses of greater dangerousness from lesser crimes
- Criminal offenses less than felonies; generally those punishable by fine or imprisonment of less than 90 days in a local facility A gross misdemeanor is a criminal offense for which an adult could be sent to jail for up to one year, pay a fine of up to $1,000, or both
A crime, other than a felony or an infraction, punishable by payment of a fine or by imprisonment not to exceed one year in the county jail (see Felony, Infraction) Misdemeanors are generally categorized as follows: Group A-Includes nontraffic misdemeanor violations of the Penal Code and other state statutes, but excludes Fish and Game Code violations and intoxication complaints Group B-Includes nontraffic misdemeanor violations of local city and county ordinances, Fish and Game Code violations, and intoxication complaints Group C-Includes violations of Vehicle Code sections 20002 (hit and run, property damage), 23104 (reckless driving, causing injury), and 23152 (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) Group D-Includes all traffic misdemeanor violations that are not included in the Group C misdemeanor group
Offenses punishable by fine or imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both Operating Under the Influence of Liquor (OUIL), Driving While License Suspended (DWLS), Assault and Battery, Domestic Violence and Possession of Marijuana are examples of misdemeanor offenses processed at the district court
A crime less serious than a felony for which the maximum sentence is usually not more than one year in a county jail A sentence usually involves probation, jail time, a fine, or a combination of any or all of these three Except in certain specific instances, persons convicted of a misdemeanor cannot be sentenced to prison
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