Class B misdemeanors are criminal offenses. Generally, misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felony crimes. Every state defines misdemeanors and felonies differently. However, most states classify a Class B misdemeanor as a misdemeanor offense that does not include punishment of fines over $2000.00 or imprisonment terms beyond two years. There are other classes of misdemeanors, usually denoted by letter or number. The higher the letter of number, the more significant the penalty will be. For instance, for a Class A misdemeanor penalty, there is usually a fine which is approximately $5000.00 and an imprisonment term of at least two years.
Punishment for a Class B Misdemeanor
Each state has different penalties for Class B misdemeanors. However, there are similar consequences for these crimes. In many states, convictions of Class B misdemeanor offenses result in fines up to $1,000.00 per each offense. Additionally, imprisonment for up to 90 days can be imposed. Furthermore, both a fines and imprisonment could be assessed, depending upon the jurisdiction. Also, some jurisdictions permit repeat offenders to be imprisoned for more than 90 days. Finally, a Class B misdemeanor conviction can result in the inability to obtain employment and impeded one’s ability to receive government based aid.
Class B Misdemeanors:
There are various common types of Class B misdemeanors. Every state varies, but some common Class B misdemeanors include:
- juvenile crimes
- possession of a controlled substance
- disorderly conduct
- evading arrest
- indecent exposure
- driving while intoxicated
- criminal mischief
- check forgery
Getting Legal Help
If one is charged with a Class B misdemeanor, one should consider the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. An experienced criminal defense attorney can not only ensure that one’s rights are protected during the criminal process, but also the attorney can evaluate the case and determine if there are any options available. If so, the attorney can assist in the selection of the most appropriate course of action.