misdemeanor

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misdemeanor

A lesser crime than a felony, usually punishable by fines, imprisonment, penalty, or forfeiture.
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When Senator Lautenberg first sought to disarm convicted domestic violence misdemeanants nearly twenty years ago, his purpose was clear: to decrease the grave risk that batterers with guns will kill their victims.
Finally, this section considers possible rationales for the Amendment's apparent disparate treatment between domestic violence misdemeanants and felons.
In 2002, the District Attorneys of all five boroughs of New York City adopted a citywide plea bargaining policy under a program entitled "Operation Spotlight" that targeted "persistent misdemeanants." (93) Pursuant to the policy, the assistant district attorneys refused to offer a reduced plea at arraignment and, instead, recommended a plea to the top charge and the maximum statutorily allowed sentence.
misdemeanant could be charged with a violation of the Louisiana
Under the common law fleeing felon rule, both law enforcement officers and private citizens enjoyed the privilege of using deadly force to secure the arrest of felons, but neither could use the privilege to secure the arrest of misdemeanants. (9) Although the fleeing felon rule was once the prevailing view in most American jurisdictions, in Tennessee v.
disarming domestic violence misdemeanants had "a substantial
Ultimately, the courts found that the law's classification of domestic violence misdemeanants as persons to be restricted from possessing firearms had a rational basis; (79) the statute did not compel, in violation of the Tenth Amendment, state and local law enforcement agencies to fire domestic violence misdemeanants; (80) the statute's disparate impact on law enforcement officers could not be traced to a discriminatory purpose; (81) and a government employer could dismiss a domestic violence misdemeanant whose job required him to carry a gun, even if he had not yet been investigated, arrested, or convicted for possessing a firearms in violation of [section] 922(g)(9).
The goal was to provide an alternative to jail for misdemeanant defendants arrested on bench warrants because of a failure to appear in court, which would ultimately yield a reduction in the serious overcrowding problems faced by the jail.
Senate Bill 482 creates a distinction between misdemeanant NGRI acquittees and felony NGRI acquittees.
Some courts allow officers to enter a home without a warrant if they are in hot pursuit of a fleeing misdemeanant.(19) For example, in Minnesota v.
Although an officer might think a shoplifting suspect is only a misdemeanant due to the property value involved, the officer would have no way of knowing about several factors that could dramatically escalate the seriousness of the situation.