Class B and Level Two Misdemeanors

Mid-level misdemeanors are often classified as Class B or Level Two. They may result in fines and jail time of up to a year in most states.

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What Is a Class B Misdemeanor?

Every state and the federal criminal code has identified crimes that are less serious than felonies—these are called misdemeanors. Typically, they can result in a sentence of a year or less in the county jail, as opposed to state prison. In many states, misdemeanors are further broken down into classes, corresponding to the seriousness of the crime. For example, shoplifting might be a class B misdemeanor in a particular state, carrying a possible sentence of up to six months in jail and a fine of $2,000. The purpose of grouping misdemeanors is to make it easy to learn the sentence for any given crime—in each statute defining an offense, the lawmakers also gave the crime a class designation.

Other states use "levels" instead of "classes." And yet others use unique descriptive words or phrases, such as "misdemeanor" and "gross misdemeanor." The result is the same—for any given crime, once you know the class or level, you refer to the statute defining each class to learn the sentence.

Some states, however, do not classify their misdemeanor crimes. Instead, for each offense, the punishment is written right into the statute that defines the crime. These states assign penalties on a crime-by-crime basis.

Class B or Level 2 Misdemeanors

The following states have classified their misdemeanors into classes, levels, or some other ranking system: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, new York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

For details on each state's misdemeanor ranking system, and examples of crimes that are class B/level 2 misdemeanors, consult the state-specific articles below:


Classification System

Alabama A, B, or C
Alaska A, B, or C
Arizona 1, 2 or 3
Arkansas A, B, or C
California By crime; if no punishment specified, up to 6 months, $1,000, or both
Colorado 1, 2, 3 or unclassified (by crime)
Connecticut A, B, C, or D; or unclassified (by crime)
Delaware A or B or unclassified
D.C. By crime
Florida First or second degree
Georgia "Misdemeanors" and "misdemeanors of a high and aggravated nature"
Hawaii Petty misdemeanor and misdemeanor
Idaho By crime
Illinois A, B, or C
Indiana A, B, or C
Iowa Aggravated, serious, or simple
Kansas A, B, C or unclassified (same as C)
Kentucky A or B
Louisiana By crime
Maine D or E
Maryland By crime
Massachusetts By crime
Michigan By term: offenses punishable by incarceration of up to 93 days, or up to one year; and high court misdemeanors
Minnesota Gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor, or petty misdemeanor
Mississippi By crime
Missouri A, B, or C
Montana By crime
Nebraska I, II, III, IIIA, IV, or V
Nevada Gross misdemeanors or misdemeanors
New Hampshire A or B
New Jersey Disorderly person offense or petty disorderly person offense
New Mexico Petty misdemeanor or misdemeanor
New York A, B, or unclassified (by crime)
North Carolina A1, 1, 2, or 3
North Dakota A or B
Ohio First, second, third, fourth, or minor
Oklahoma By crime
Oregon A, B, C, or unclassified (by crime)
Pennsylvania First, second, or third degree
Rhode Island Misdemeanor (by crime) or petty misdemeanor (by crime)
South Carolina A, B, or C
South Dakota 1 or 2
Tennessee A, B, or C
Texas A, B, or C
Utah A, B, or C
Vermont By crime
Virginia 1, 2, 3, or 4, or by crime
Washington Gross misdemeanor or misdemeanor
West Virginia By crime
Wisconsin A, B, or C
Wyoming By crime

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