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misdemeanor

[mis′dəmē′nər]
Etymology: AS, missan, to miss; ME, demenen, conduct
(in criminal law) an offense that is considered less serious than a felony and carries a lesser penalty, usually a fine or imprisonment for less than 1 year. Conviction for a misdemeanor does not prohibit the person from holding public office or practicing a licensed occupation.

misdemeanor

A lesser crime than a felony, usually punishable by fines, imprisonment, penalty, or forfeiture.
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reductions from misdemeanors to violations are also almost exclusively
Despite their widespread use by police to address any type of miscellaneous offense, there is little comprehensive national data on misdemeanors or their impact on college-bound or enrolled students or graduates seeking employment.
Wilfredo Briswela, 22, of Rosamond is charged with felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Tyler Lundin of Palmdale, whose death has become a rallying point for local residents opposed to illegal immigration.
Gandhi had no such power in pre-independent India and if there were even the inkling of such sexual misdemeanor on the part of Gandhi, the English would have been the first to pounce on the opportunity to denigrate Gandhi.
The court ordered the county to institute additional measures to reduce crowding, including: providing counsel within 72 hours of arrest to all persons accused of minor offenses who could not make bail; expanding the authority of Pretrial Services to include supervision of persons arrested for misdemeanor offenses; eliminating any unreasonable factors used to exclude persons charged with felonies from pretrial release; ensuring persons charged with misdemeanors were offered a reasonable bond; and imposing additional restrictions on the length of time a person could remain in jail without accusation or indictment, or accused or indicted but untried.
Scholten now faces two felony charges and three misdemeanors.
Case settlements often involve reducing felonies to misdemeanors,'' Cooley said in defense of his action.
According to the court, the officer testified that he had not considered the nature of the two misdemeanors with which the arrestee had been charged and could not identify any characteristic of the arrestee that led to his conclusion that the arrestee might have been carrying contraband.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget would drastically worsen the problem, allowing thousands of defendants convicted of misdemeanors to go free without serving any jail time at all.
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There will still be some cite-and-release misdemeanors there, but there is not anything somebody will be in lockup for.
Delgadillo said his office prosecutes more than 100,000 misdemeanors a year, which include assaults with a deadly weapon, sexual assaults and child molestation cases.