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Types of Misdemeanor Offenses and Penalties in Mississippi

Crimes are categorized into felony offenses and misdemeanor offenses in Mississippi. Misdemeanors are less serious than felony crimes and may involve jail sentences of up to one year rather than at least one year. Some states separate and classify misdemeanor crimes into classes that hold different penalties. Mississippi does not separate misdemeanor offenses, they are all under the same class. If you are facing charges for any type of misdemeanor offense, seek representation from a Mississippi criminal defense lawyer right away.

In the state of Mississippi, all of the following are considered misdemeanor crimes:

  • Driving under the influence
  • Driving offenses
  • Assault
  • Hazing
  • Indecent exposure
  • Trespassing
  • Petit larceny (shoplifting under $300)
  • Marijuana possession of up to 1 ounce
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Stalking
  • Carrying a concealed deadly weapon

The penalties for these offenses are still harsh even though they are considered "less serious." The consequences are laid out in the Mississippi statutes for each crime. The majority of the misdemeanor crimes hold penalties of up to six months in jail along with a fine between $100 and $500. Some more serious misdemeanors are punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000. Fines may be elevated to up to $5,000 depending on the crime. The penalties are less severe than those of felonies, but they are still strict. If you are facing any type of misdemeanor charges, you need to team up with an experienced Mississippi criminal defense attorney who can defend against your charges. Miller Law Firm, PLLC has former prosecutors for attorneys and is familiar with the process of criminal cases. We know how prosecutors function and can build our cases accordingly. Call our firm today to schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your case and see how we can help!

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