misdemeanor

misdemeanor
/misdamiynar/ Offenses lower than felonies and generally those punishable by fine, penalty, forfeiture or imprisonment otherwise than in penitentiary. Under federal law, and most state laws, any offense other than a felony is classified as a misdemeanor. 18 U.S.C.A. No.No. 1, 19, 3401. Certain states also have various classes of misdemeanors (e.g. Class A, B, etc.).
See Fed.R.Crim.P. 58 with respect to "Procedure for Misdemeanors and Other Petty Offenses".
See also degrees of crime
- petty offense

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • misdemeanor — /misdamiynar/ Offenses lower than felonies and generally those punishable by fine, penalty, forfeiture or imprisonment otherwise than in penitentiary. Under federal law, and most state laws, any offense other than a felony is classified as a… …   Black's law dictionary

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