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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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Melik Shaw, 22, of Carbondale, pleaded guilty to battery, a Class A misdemeanor.
Although the line formally dividing felonies and misdemeanors is a prison-centric one, a substantial part of what previously distinguished felonies from misdemeanors was the number and severity of collateral consequences that flowed from a conviction.
In November, a jury failed to convict Reynolds on the felony charges, instead finding him guilty of six misdemeanor counts of solicitation of professional employment.
circumstances that gave rise to the era of mass misdemeanors and
Harcleroad said the reduction in misdemeanor prosecution comes early because of one resignation and the approaching family medical leave of another lawyer on his six-lawyer staff of misdemeanor prosecutors.
Henry Scholten, 21, of Healdsburg, was appearing before Commissioner Stephany Joy in Santa Rosa Tuesday on misdemeanor charges when he allegedly tried to attack the judge after being ordered to jail for violating his probation.
Tribal police arrested Duro for discharging a firearm on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation, a misdemeanor charge.
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.
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.
Case settlements often involve reducing felonies to misdemeanors,'' Cooley said in defense of his action.
11/13: James Monk, 39, of Murphysboro, pleaded guilty unlawful use of weapons and aggravated assault, both class A misdemeanors.