Four Surprising Crimes That Are Actually A Misdemeanor

Four Surprising Crimes That Are Actually A Misdemeanor

When we think of crimes, we often think of felonies and the most serious of offenses, such as what you may see on a television courtroom drama or in a mystery book. However, there are some less “serious” crimes that are actually classified as misdemeanor charges. While they may not carry the same severity as felonies and are known for their flexible treatment, everyone should understand the consequences of these crimes and the potential legal repercussions. At Danks & Danks, we work for you to get the best possible outcome — these four crimes may surprise you in how they’re handled in the courtroom.

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Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

It’s natural to imagine that a DUI may carry severe consequences due to the possibility that people can be seriously harmed by drivers under the influence. However, the punishment for a DUI does not necessarily reflect this. The severity of a DUI increases depending on the circumstances, like the number of injuries (if any) and if the driver has offended previously.

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Possession of Marijuana

Possessing marijuana is still illegal in many states, but it’s often classified as a misdemeanor offense. The severity changes based on a few factors — mainly, depending on the amount of marijuana in possession and whether the offense was committed in a school zone or near a public park.

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Disorderly Conduct

Disorderly conduct might be associated with late nights out, but this charge can be attracted by public intoxication at any time, loud and disruptive behavior, and fighting in public places. This offense is relatively minor in the eyes of the law, but this charge on your history could prevent you from obtaining opportunities in the future.

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Petty Theft

Big-box retailers routinely deal with the threat of petty theft, and one reason that it’s so common is because of the leniency that people receive. In many cases, petty theft is defined as below a certain dollar amount which varies by state. Petty theft can result in fines, community service, or jail time.

Felony crimes are, by their nature, serious. A felony conviction, in most cases, stays with a person for life. At Danks & Danks, we can help you craft a plan for a major felony defense.

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Though these charges may not (in most cases) carry years of jail time with them, they’re still problems due to their impact on society and the public good. See our practice areas at Danks & Danks to learn how a defense attorney can help you now.

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