How Serious Is A Misdemeanor?

On Behalf of | May 28, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

Facing a criminal charge is clearly a serious situation. But felony-level charges and misdemeanor charges carry different weight. Knowing what you’re in for can help you navigate your situation.

There are a variety of charges that qualify as misdemeanors. While these charges are less serious than felony-level charges, they can still have some major implications and consequences.

What is a misdemeanor?

Broadly, a misdemeanor can be defined as a criminal offense that is less serious than a felony but more serious than a simple infraction. Some common misdemeanors include:

  • Public intoxication
  • Vandalism
  • DUI
  • Some types of theft
  • Some types of drug possession such as marijuana possession

What are the consequences?

While most misdemeanor convictions will not result in significant or any jail time, there are other consequences that can seriously affect your life. Many misdemeanors carry heavy fines and may include probation time. Additionally, if you are convicted of more misdemeanors over time, you may receive a more severe punishment with each conviction.

Being convicted of a misdemeanor could also affect future job or schooling opportunities as they will affect your record. Other consequences of a misdemeanor in Georgia can include community service, loss of the right to possess a firearm and loss of driving privileges.

While misdemeanors, by definition, are less serious than felonies and may carry less severe consequences, they should still be treated as serious offenses.