Misdemeanors are more serious than petty offenses, but much less serious than felonies. Misdemeanors typically result in imposition of such punishments as a heavier fine than what someone would pay if they committed a petty offense, or a jail sentence not exceeding a year. If a jail sentence is imposed, it is usually served at a local, city or county jail rather than a state prison.
The prosecutor does not usually require a grand jury to investigate and charge misdemeanors. However, misdemeanor charges can be generated by grand jury indictments if they accompany one or more felonies. Misdemeanors not accompanied by felony charges are typically charged by written complaint or information. Unlike felonies, misdemeanors are usually handled by special courts with abbreviated procedures. Cases can take place in Municipal Court, Justice Court, and County Court. A person convicted of a misdemeanor is usually able to vote, serve on juries, practice in licensed professions like being a lawyer or doctor and serve in the military.
Peter H. Barrett and William C. Barrett both have significant experience with all types of general criminal charges in Mississippi. Immediate involvement of a criminal defense lawyer in Mississippi can sometimes help you in dealing with your state misdemeanor charge.
If you have been charged with a state misdemeanor, contact P. & W. Barrett Lawyers, PLLC right now for a consultation about your case. Put our experience with state misdemeanor charges to work for you now.
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