In Idaho, misdemeanors are those crimes that are punishable by a local jail sentence.
More serious crimes (felonies) are punishable by imprisonment in state prison.
For more information on felonies in Idaho, see Idaho Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.
In many states, misdemeanors may be divided by degree of severity (for example, “petty misdemeanors” or “misdemeanors of a high and aggravated nature”). In Idaho, lawmakers designate crimes are misdemeanors and fix sentences on a crime-by-crime basis.
For example, battery (hitting someone) is punishable by up to six months in jail, or a fine of up to $1,000, or both. (Idaho Code Ann. § 18-904.)
For more information on assault and battery penalties, see Idaho Assault and Battery Laws.
If no specific punishment is indicated in a statute, misdemeanors in Idaho are punishable by up to six months in jail, or a fine of up to $1,000, or both.
(Idaho Code Ann. § 18-113.)
A statute of limitations is time a limit in which a criminal prosecution must start. More serious crimes have longer statutes of limitations; misdemeanors have fairly short statutes of limitations (one year in Idaho).
For more information, see Idaho Criminal Statute of Limitations.
A criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor, can result in serious consequences. If you are charged with any crime in Idaho, you should contact a criminal defense attorney who can tell you how your case is likely to be treated in court and help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case.