misdemeanor

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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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Petty crime includes disturbing the peace, offences against property and malicious damage.
But if you stop these people getting involved in petty crimes then I think you may have more of a chance of preventing more serious crimes.
There is so much petty crime at the moment with bikes being taken, sheds being broken into, anti-social behaviour and now this latest theft," she said.
THE flagship policy of the Tories, the destruction of the Welfare State, by waging war on the poor and making them even more desperate, even about the next meal, must create more petty crime in the next generation, must mean broken families from arguing about money and crushed ambitions, children taken into care, and damage the education and life chances of their children.
When he talks about petty crime and a waste of police time to investigate, I say it's at that level they want cracking, not wait until they turn into bank robbers.
ey were among 30,000 oenders dealt with by way of community resolutions - originally designed to curb petty crime and yob behaviour - over a threeyear period.
This kind of despicable petty crime has become all too common on the streets of our capital.
Forget farming up top field, Ross decided a life of petty crime was an easier way to make a living.
Murders and crimes such as rape and stabbings are on the increase annually and petty crime such as burglary is hardly ever investigated thoroughly by the police.
They start to commit petty crime but find themselves more sinned against than sinning.
I know he's a criminal, and needs to be taught a lesson or he'll just keep on offending, but it does seem a lot of effort for the police to go to for a relatively petty crime.
A troublesome child gets into petty crime, then jail, then heroin addiction.