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Misdemeanor crimes carry different penalties, depending on class

If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor crime, the weight of the charge can be less severe than a felony crime, but it can still bear much weight in a Tennessee court of law. While criminal law charges and arrests do not always indicate legal guilt, it is vital to obtain  consultation with a local attorney to discuss the charge and what options you have on the table as one of the first steps.

Like several other states, Tennessee recognizes misdemeanor crimes as Class A, Class B and Class C. The first category is the most severe, while B and C are less severe as compared to the first class in regard to fines and jail time

According to Tennessee law, the main three categories of misdemeanor crime are categorized below:

 

Penalties for Misdemeanor Crimes

Class A Misdemeanor

  • No greater than 11 months and 29 days in jail
  • Fine not to exceed $2,500; or both
  • Can include crimes such as burglary, perjury, possession of a controlled substance, or possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana

 

Class B Misdemeanor

  • No greater than 6 months in jail
  • Fine not to exceed $500; or both
  • Can include crimes such as minor theft, criminal trespassing or prostitution

 

Class C Misdemeanor

  • No greater than 30 days in jail
  • Fine not to exceed $50; or both
  • Can include crimes such as  trespassing or disturbing the public or public intoxication

* Tenn. Ann. Code § 40-35-111

When examining these penalties, they all vary in accordance to jail times and fines, while some may include both stipulations. For crimes such as burglary or possession of up to half an ounce of marijuana, one could expect almost up to a year in jail and a hefty fine.

On the other hand, certain crimes such as trespassing carry a lighter fine and less jail time. Nonetheless, committing a crime such as this is not a bright spot and should not be an agreeable course of action for any person.

Consulting with an attorney

While each case may have its on factors, variables and scenarios that may come into play, the preparation and study behind each case is far greater than many comprehend. If charged with a misdemeanor crime, the best option is to consult with a criminal attorney who can diagnose the situation and examine all options and outcomes.