Misdemeanors are associated with the lowest class of crimes and are less severe than felonies. There are three classes of misdemeanors in Arizona.
Class 1 Misdemeanors can result in up tp 6 months of jail, $2,500 in fines, and 3 years of probation. Typical crimes resulting in a Class 1 Misdemeanor include DUI, disorderly conduct, assault resulting in injury, shoplifting, resisting arrest, and certain drug charges.
Class 2 Misdemeanors can result in up to 4 months of jail, $750 in fines, and 2 years of probation. Typical crimes resulting in a Class 2 Misdemeanor include verbal assault, reckless driving, a minor consuming alcohol, and criminal damage under $250.
Class 3 Misdemeanors can result in up to 30 days of jail, $500 in fines, and 1 year of probation. Excessive speeding, loitering and criminal nuisance are just a few crimes classified as Class 3 Misdemeanors.
There is some flexibility with the sentencing, and a judge might assign additional penalties including suspension of a license, driving school, counseling, home detention, and community service.
It’s also important to keep in mind that a misdemeanor carries some collateral damages with it as well. A misdemeanor on your record can create problems securing employment, increased insurance, trouble getting a loan, complications in divorce and child custody cases, loss of gun rights, and issues with immigration and legal status.
The good news is that a competent lawyer can make sure your misdemeanor does not become a felony, and possibly negotiate less severe sentencing. A competent criminal lawyer at the Law Office of Hunter T. Lewis can also help you navigate the fallout from a misdemeanor, such as the complications listed above.