Crime… and its Aftermath

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FELONY & MISDEMEANOR CRIMES: Lesson 3

Misdemeanor Crimes

  • Misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies, but still are serious issues for a defendant.
  • A person convicted of a misdemeanor can be  punished with a fine and/or up to a year in jail.
  • There are three levels of misdemeanors in Tennessee
  • Level A punishment: jail term of up to one year, and a fine of up to $2500
  • Level B punishment: Jail term of up to six months, and a fine of up to $500
  • Level C punishment: Jail term of up to 30 days, and a fine of up to $50 (in some states, this is called an “infraction)
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