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Misdemeanor levels according to Indiana law

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2024 | Criminal Defense

Misdemeanors are offenses that are less serious than felonies, but still carry legal consequences. In Indiana, the legal system uses different levels of misdemeanors.

While misdemeanors do not carry the same legal penalties as felonies, the outcome can still be life-altering. Accordingly, it is important for people facing criminal convictions in the state to understand the different misdemeanor levels.

Class A

These offenses are the most serious among misdemeanors. Examples of class A misdemeanors include battery resulting in bodily injury, possession of a specific amount of marijuana (keep in mind that recreational marijuana is illegal in Indiana) and theft of property valued between $750 and $50,000. Convictions for class A misdemeanors can result in a sentence of up to one year in jail and fines of up to $5,000.

Class B

Next in severity are class B misdemeanors. Examples of class B misdemeanors include offenses such as possession of marijuana, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Individuals who receive a class B misdemeanor conviction can face a jail sentence of up to 180 days and fines of up to $1,000.

Class C

At the lowest level of misdemeanor offenses in Indiana are class C misdemeanors.  Examples of class C misdemeanors include offenses like possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing and minor traffic violations. Individuals convicted of Class C misdemeanors can face a jail sentence of up to 60 days and fines of up to $500.

By understanding the distinctions between different misdemeanor levels, individuals can navigate the legal system more effectively. That means those faced with convictions can make informed choices regarding their criminal case.