misdemeanor


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misdemeanor

A lesser crime than a felony, usually punishable by fines, imprisonment, penalty, or forfeiture.
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For readers unfamiliar with how misdemeanor proceedings operate, Natapoff's book offers a panoramic introduction to their many petty indignities.
The misdemeanor process sits on a democratic fault line of the criminal system as a thinly regulated exercise of police power that persistently resists many basic legitimating constraints of state penal authority and constitutional democracy.
Part I of this Review addresses the size of misdemeanor justice in America.
From the study's Abstract, "In 1991, California implemented a law that mandated a background check for all firearm purchases with limited exceptions (comprehensive background check or CBC policy) and prohibited firearm purchase and possession for persons convicted within the past 10 years of certain violent crimes classified as misdemeanors (MVP policy).
Marshall argued at trial that some violations of Code 18.2-57.2 do not satisfy the definition of "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence." He reasoned that, because an assault and battery conviction in Virginia can be based on any offensive or rude touching, a conviction for violating Code 18.2-57.2 does not necessarily involve "the use or attempted use of physical force," which is a necessary component of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
But because Section 15-1 establishes a two-year statute of limitations for misdemeanors, Curtis argued that her charges must be dismissed instead.
Under the current guidelines, the sentence for a small-quantity possession case is probation for 18 months and up to 10 days in jail, no matter how many prior convictions for felonies or misdemeanors of any kind the defendant may have.
Accordingly, when a prosecutor is deciding whether to bring a felony or misdemeanor charge, she generally must determine whether the ability to impose heightened penalties is worth the costs generated by the more demanding procedures.
This includes misdemeanor cases of all types, from simple battery to more serious misdemeanors such as sexual battery.
Instead of being arrested on misdemeanor charges that carry potential punishments of up to three months in jail, many people will get court summonses and face non-criminal violations punishable by fines starting at $100, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton said.
Closely following the success of that initiative, the Cook County office turned its attention to the unique needs of low-level misdemeanor offenders and the opportunity to provide them with needed services in lieu of prosecution.
Alaska is in the minority of states that apply felony charges based on a defendant's history of misdemeanor violations.