Maine Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences

In Maine, misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in county jail. Under Maine’s laws, all crimes other than murder are classified as Class A, B, or C crimes (felonies) or Class D or E crimes (misdemeanors). Felonies are more serious crimes, punishable by terms of one year or more in state prison. (Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Tit. 17-A §§ 4, 1252.)

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

Class D Crime

Under Maine’s laws, a Class D crime is punishable by up to one year in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

(Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Tit. 17-A §§ 1252, 1301.)

For example, it is a Class D crime to possess between five and 100 marijuana plants.

For more information on the penalties for crimes involving marijuana, see Maine Marijuana Laws.

Class E Crime

Class E crimes are punishable by up to six months in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

(Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. Tit. 17-A §§ 1252, 1301.)

Prostitution is a Class E crime in Maine.

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

Statutes of Limitations

A statute of limitations is a time limit after which the state cannot prosecute a person for a crime. The statute of limitations begins to “run” when the crime is committed.

For more information, see Maine Criminal Statute of Limitations.

Obtaining Legal Assistance

A criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor, can have serious consequences. If you are charged with a crime in Maine, you should contact a local criminal defense attorney. An attorney will be familiar with how your case is likely to be treated in court based on the facts, the law, and the assigned judge and prosecutor. An attorney can protect your rights and help you successfully navigate the criminal justice system.

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