In Arkansas, misdemeanors are crimes punishable by up to one year in county or local jail. Misdemeanors in Arkansas may be designated as Class A, B, or C. Some misdemeanors are unclassified. For unclassified crimes, the sentence will be set forth in the criminal statute. (Ark. Code § 5-4-401.) More serious crimes, known as felonies, are punishable by state prison terms.
For more information on felonies in Arkansas, see Arkansas Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.
Class A Misdemeanors
A Class A misdemeanor is the most serious type of misdemeanor in Arkansas and it is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. (Ark. Code §§ 5-4-401, 5-4-201.) Possession of drug paraphernalia or up to four ounces of marijuana for personal use is a Class A misdemeanor.
For more information, see Arkansas Marijuana Laws.
Class B Misdemeanors
A conviction for a Class B misdemeanor can result in a jail term of up to 90 days and a fine of up to $1,000. (Ark. Code §§ 5-4-401, 5-4-201.) Prostitution is an example of a Class B misdemeanor.
For more information on this crime, see Prostitution, Pimping, and Pandering Laws in Arkansas.
Class C Misdemeanors
Class C misdemeanors are the least serious misdemeanors in Arkansas, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. (Ark. Code §§ 5-4-401, 5-4-201.) Public intoxication is a Class C misdemeanor.
For more information, see Arkansas Public Intoxication Laws.
Statute of Limitations
Most crimes have a time limit (called a statute of limitations) by which the state must begin criminal prosecution or the defendant can have the case thrown out. In Arkansas, the state has one year from the date a misdemeanor is committed to begin criminal prosecution.
For more information, see Arkansas Criminal Statute of Limitations.
Obtaining Legal Assistance
Any criminal conviction can make life very unpleasant. If you are charged with any crime, even a misdemeanor, you should talk to a local criminal defense attorney in Arkansas. An attorney can tell you what to expect in court and how to best protect your rights and defend your case.