Crimes in the state of Maryland are divided into categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies and are usually one year or less in jail, although some can have as much as ten years imprisonment under certain circumstances. In addition, Misdemeanors in Maryland are not divided into different classes. Felonies, on the other hand, generally have a punishment of at least a year in prison and are more serious crimes.
List of Misdemeanors in Maryland
Misdemeanors can include a long list of crimes and some are more serious than others. Some examples of misdemeanor crimes in Maryland include:
second degree assault
- Misuse of electronic mail (harassment by email)
- Theft of property or services valued at less than $1,000
- Carrying a concealed dangerous weapon
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Many more…
It is important to understand that there are many more crimes that are considered a misdemeanor in Maryland. If you have received a misdemeanor charge in Maryland, contact our offices today to tell us about your case. We are happy to help you understand the charges against you.
Penalties for Misdemeanors in Maryland
There is a standard range of sentences for misdemeanors in Maryland, usually written in the statute defining the crime. These can be anywhere from under ninety days to ten years of imprisonment. Some misdemeanors are punished with a fine in addition to or instead of imprisonment. These fines can be from $500 to $5000.
Criminal Statute of Limitations
Crimes in Maryland must have charges filed within a set amount of time after the crime is allegedly committed. The state has a limited amount of time to begin prosecution. This statute of limitations for misdemeanor charges in Maryland depends on the crime and its potential sentence. More information on the exact statute of limitations for different misdemeanors can be found in the Criminal Statutes of Limitations in Maryland.
Have You Been Accused Of A Crime In Virginia Or Maryland?
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