Why Misdemeanors Can Be a Big Deal

Close-up of police car doorIn the United States, a misdemeanor is considered a “lesser” crime and generally encompasses crimes with a sentence of 12 months or less. Each state has different levels of classification for these crimes, with punishment ranging from fines and community service to incarceration depending on the severity. Though most people convicted of misdemeanors do not lose any of their civil rights, misdemeanors can still present themselves as a big deal on your criminal record.

While being charged with a misdemeanor is less severe than being accused of a felony, the punishment for these crimes should not be taken lightly. Jail time, hefty fines, community service, and probation are all things no one wants on his or her record. When applying for jobs, colleges, and loans, you may be legally required to disclose the details of the crime. This could potentially impact your eligibility to be hired, accepted, or approved.

In the state of Maryland, all DUI offenses are considered misdemeanors and an offender could be facing severe consequences for drinking and driving. On top of substantial fees and potential incarceration, you could lose your license and driving privileges for an extended period.

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