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Misdemeanor Crimes: An Overview

Misdemeanor crimes in Missouri are divided into four main classes, in accordance with their severity.  Additionally, some misdemeanors are unclassified, meaning that they do not fall squarely into one of the four categories.  Read on below for more information related to misdemeanor offenses, including ranges of punishment and collateral consequences.


Class C Misdemeanors carry a maximum punishment of 15 days in the county jail and a fine of $750.  These are considered less serious offenses, and most of them should not pose much danger to reputation, job prospects, etc.  However, there are a few misdemeanors within this category that can still cause major headaches (see Assault and Sexual Misconduct, below).  Class C Misdemeanors include the following offenses:


Class D Misdemeanors carry a maximum fine of $500, but the good news is they are not jailable offenses.  However, it is important to note than many of these offenses are only Class D Misdemeanors for first-time offenses; oftentimes the second violation can be charged as at least a Class A Misdemeanor.  Examples of Class D Misdemeanors include the following offenses:

Why Should I Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney?

When charged with a criminal offense, it is imperative to have a skilled, knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer in your corner.  St. Louis criminal defense attorney, Shin Cho, has successfully defended numerous misdemeanor cases.  It is important to choose a criminal defense lawyer who has the experience and skill required to protect your future interests, either by beating the case outright or by negotiating a plea bargain with appropriate terms and conditions.

At the Law Office of Shin Cho, our focus goes beyond simply avoiding jail time.  That’s because we also recognize that protecting the future of our misdemeanor clients requires more than just the bare minimum of keeping you out of jail.  Oftentimes, there are a lot more important things at stake, such as future education or employment opportunities.  Many schools and employers require that you disclose your criminal history in the application process, and some will even run a criminal background check to verify your answers.  This is especially so in the professional sector, as many jobs require that you have a professional license that is issued by a quasi-governmental licensing board.  Examples include nursing boards, physician licensing authortiesattorney licensing authorities, and mortgage broker licensing authorities.

Ensuring that these interests are protected requires a more nuanced and creative defense.  Creative solutions are our forte, so you can rest assured that both your freedom and future will be in good hands here.  If you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense in St. Louis, Missouri, or the surrounding area, contact us today to discuss your options with a criminal defense attorney.

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