A misdemeanor in the state of Missouri is any crime punishable by imprisonment of one year or less. Misdemeanor crimes are not as serious, and the punishments 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 stand behind you and help ensure your future is protected.
Misdemeanor Penalties in Missouri
Like felonies, there are five categories of misdemeanor crimes in the state of Missouri. Misdemeanors can be labeled as Class A, B, C, D, or Unclassified. Penalties depend on the class of misdemeanor as well as prior convictions and may include jail time as well as fines:
- Class A Misdemeanor – jail time of one year or less and fines up to $2,000. Examples include possession of more than 10g, but less than 35g, of marijuana and defacing a firearm.
- Class B Misdemeanor – jail time of six months or less and fines up to $1,000. Examples include driving while intoxicated and trespass in the first degree.
- Class C Misdemeanor – jail time of fifteen days or less and fines up to $750. Examples include gambling and animal neglect.
- Class D Misdemeanor – fines up to $500. Examples include unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and stealing, if the property value is under $150, and the defendant has no prior stealing convictions.
- Unclassified Misdemeanor – the sentence for this misdemeanor is specified in the statute for the crime.
Results that Matter
- Client charged with possession of marijuana, paraphernalia, and expired tags. Possessions and paraphernalia dismissed!!!
- Client Charged with theft at under $500.00 Dismissed by prosecution
- Young Female Charged with Obstructing Justice, Not Guilty at Trial.
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. This can be quite detrimental to you personally as well as professionally. 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 KC Defense Counsel
The attorneys at KC Defense Counsel 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 charges from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. The attorneys at KC Defense Counsel 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.