In Kentucky, misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by up to 12 months in county or local jail. Misdemeanors are designated as Class A or B (less serious than Class A).
More serious crimes (called felonies) are punishable by state prison terms of one year or more.
For more information on felonies in Kentucky, see Kentucky Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.
A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by 90 days to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $500.
(Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § § 532.020, 532.090, 534.040.) For example, possession of four or fewer marijuana plants is a Class A misdemeanor in Kentucky. (For more information, see Kentucky Marijuana Laws.)
Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $250.
(Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § § 532.020, 532.090, 534.040.) Prostitution is a Class B misdemeanor in Kentucky. (For more information on prostitution and related crimes, see Prostitution, Pimping, and Pandering Laws in Kentucky.)
The statute of limitations is a time limit, after which the state can no longer begin criminal prosecution. The statute of limitations begins to “run” when the crime is committed. Misdemeanors usually have fairly short statutes of limitations.
For more information, see Kentucky Criminal Statute of Limitations.
Being convicted of any crime, even a misdemeanor, can have a serious negative impact on your life. If you are charged with a crime, you should contact a Kentucky criminal defense attorney. Any attorney can tell you what to expect in court and help you successfully navigate the criminal justice system.