In Massachusetts, there are two categories of crimes, a misdemeanor crime and a felony crime. A misdemeanor crime is an offense that does not require a state prison term as part of the possible or maximum punishment. Instead, the maximum jail sentence for a misdemeanor offense is 2.5 years in a county jail. A felony, on the other hand, may require prison time in state prison, minimum mandatory sentences, and other severe sentences such as death.
Offenses that are categorized as misdemeanors are of a less serious nature and include:
- Assault and Battery
- Drug Possession
- Driving/Operating Under the Influence, 1st or 2nd offense
- Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
- Violation of a 209A Restraining Order
- Public Disorder
- Petty Theft
- Larceny under $1200
- Receiving Stolen Property under $1200
While the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor offense is 2.5 years in county jail, it will result in a permanent criminal record in your history. A conviction will also result in punishments that may affect your daily life, like having your driver’s license suspended, preclusion from participating in or coaching activities for children, employment restriction among other adverse effects.
It would be in your best interest to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Attorney Melanie Soloman is a criminal defense lawyer who has handled many misdemeanor cases with great success.
Contact Attorney Melanie Soloman today at (508) 808-4944.