Kansas Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences

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Misdemeanors in Kansas are crimes that are punishable by up to one year in county jail.

Felonies (more serious crimes) are punishable by state prison terms.

For more information on felonies in Kansas, see Kansas Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.

Although Kansas uses a complicated sentencing grid for imposing felony sentences, misdemeanor sentencing is much more straightforward. Misdemeanors in Kansas are designated as Class A, B, or C, or they may be unclassified.

Class A Misdemeanor

A class A misdemeanor is the most serious type of misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $2,500.

(Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 21-6602, 21-6611.)

Possession of marijuana for personal use is a class A misdemeanor in Kansas.

For more information, see Kansas Marijuana Laws.

Class B Misdemeanor

Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

(Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 21-6602, 21-6611.)

For example, battery (hitting or striking someone) is a class B misdemeanor.

For more information on penalties for assault and battery, see Simple Assault & Battery in Kansas.

Class C Misdemeanor

Class C misdemeanors are the least serious type of offense and are punishable by up to one month in jail and a fine of up to $500.

(Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 21-6602, 21-6611.)

Patronizing a prostitute is a class C misdemeanor in Kansas.

For more information on prostitution crimes and their penalties, see Prostitution, Pimping, and Pandering Laws in Kansas.

Unclassified Misdemeanor

An unclassified misdemeanor is simply a misdemeanor that lawmakers have failed to designate as belonging in class A, B, or C. If no specific penalty is stated in the criminal statute, an unclassified misdemeanor is subject to the same penalties as a class C misdemeanor.

(Kan. Stat. Ann. §§ 21-6602, 21-6611.)

Statutes of Limitations

A statute of limitations is a time limit after which the state can no longer bring criminal charges. In Kansas, most crimes have a statute of limitations of five years.

For more information, see Kansas Criminal Statute of Limitations.

The Value of Legal Assistance

A criminal record can make life difficult and even a misdemeanor conviction can have lasting effects. If you are charged with any crime, you should contact a criminal defense attorney in Kansas. An experienced attorney will be able to tell you how your case will be treated in court and how to prepare your case so that you can obtain the best possible outcome. Protect yourself – talk to an attorney.

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