A misdemeanor in the state of Kansas is any crime punishable by less than one year imprisonment. Misdemeanor crimes are not as serious and the punishments are not as severe as felonies. However, conviction of a misdemeanor crime can result in loss of freedom, damage to your credibility, and high fines. Contact a qualified criminal defense attorney that will help stand behind your rights and ensure your future is protected.
Misdemeanor Categories in Kansas
When an individual is convicted of a felony in Kansas the sentence imposed is determined, to a very large extent, by the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines. Misdemeanors, however, do not fall with the felony guidelines and instead are classified as follows:
- Class A Misdemeanor – punishable by up to one year in county jail and fines up to $2500
- Class B Misdemeanor – punishable by up to six months in county jail and fines up to $1000
- Class C Misdemeanor – punishable by up to one month in county jail and fines up to $500
- Unclassified Misdemeanor – the sentence for this misdemeanor is specified in the statute for the crime or is otherwise penalized as a Class C Misdemeanor
Common Kansas Misdemeanor Crimes
Common misdemeanors include crimes such as DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of property valued at less than $1,000, and simple assault and battery. Know though that each of these misdemeanor crimes can be prosecuted as a felonies if there are exacerbating facts in the case. In addition, if a defendant is accused of committing a second or subsequent “misdemeanor”, the criminal charge filed may be a felony, as in the case of an individual charged with multiple DUIs.
Misdemeanors and Your Criminal Record
Misdemeanors are crimes and can have a lasting impact on your future. If you’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor, you have a criminal record which can be detrimental to you personally as well as in your career. For example, if asked by an employer or prospective employer, you must disclose the misdemeanor. Ultimately, this record can impact your chances of being hired as well as your overall career. Although it may be possible to have a criminal record expunged at some point, it is important to take control as soon as possible and to speak with an attorney to discuss fighting the charges, valid defenses to the charges, and your options going forward.
Call the Attorneys at The Law Office of Jordan and Watson
The attorneys at the Law Office of Jordan Watson are experienced criminal defense attorneys and will work hard to ensure the best possible outcome of your case. They have helped hundreds of clients through a range of criminal accusations from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. The attorneys at the Law Office of Jordan Watson understand that misdemeanor charges can have a substantial impact on your life and will work hard to help ensure the best possible resolution of your case.
Authoritative Sources: ks.gov