If you or a loved one were recently arrested on misdemeanor charges, it is wise to do your research and learn what to expect in all the possible outcomes. Continue reading to learn some important information about misdemeanor convictions and penalties in Indiana, including where to find the most aggressive criminal defense.
Misdemeanor offenses are crimes that are punishable by up to one year in jail. There are three “classes” of misdemeanor crimes. Depending on the state you live, these can include a series of letters or numbers. In states that classify misdemeanors with letters, they generally range from “A” to “C”, with Class C misdemeanors being the least serious and Class A being the most serious. In states that use numbers to classify their misdemeanors, they generally range from Class 1 to 4, with four being the least serious.
Even though misdemeanors are less serious, but still come with notable penalties. A misdemeanant (person convicted of a misdemeanor) can expect to pay fines (possibly restitution as well), complete a certain amount of community service hours, complete rehabilitation or anger management classes, attend victim impact panels, serve a term of probation, and more. The combination or extent of penalties largely depends on the defendant’s criminal history, the particular crimes they are convicted of, and the strength of their legal defense.
Probation is a very common outcome of a misdemeanor conviction. The average term of probation generally ranges between 3 months and one year for misdemeanants. Conditions of probation also vary among misdemeanants, ranging in leniency and stringency. Most conditions of probation include regular drug screening, monthly meetings with a probation officer, mandatory employment, refraining from committing any more crimes, and more. Breaking the terms of probation results in a probation violation, which in turn, carries a whole other set of penalties, including extension of probation and even possible jail time.