Although misdemeanor crimes are not as serious as felonies, a misdemeanor conviction on your record can have serious consequences. Depending on the type of misdemeanor, a conviction can affect your ability to obtain employment, housing and bank loans. If you are charged or arrested for a misdemeanor, it is important to consult with a criminal defense attorney about your charges. An experienced defense attorney can advise you on the potential consequences of a conviction and also any legal defenses in your case.
Categories of Misdemeanors in Minnesota
Minnesota law divides misdemeanor offenses into three main categories, each one more serious than the last. There are petty misdemeanors, misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors. While petty misdemeanors are relatively minor offenses, gross misdemeanors may be punishable by up to five years in prison depending on the crime.
Petty misdemeanors are usually punished by a fine up to $300 and possibly community service hours. However, repeated instances of petty misdemeanor may result in more harsh penalties and more serious charges.
Misdemeanors charges are criminal offenses. In Minnesota, misdemeanors are punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
Gross misdemeanors are more serious than misdemeanors. In Minnesota, gross misdemeanors are punishable by up to 365 days in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.
Contact a defense attorney before going to court
If you are facing misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges, call Criminal Defense Attorney Anthony M. Grostyan at 612-341-6575 for free legal advice about your case.