Indianapolis Misdemeanor Lawyer
If you are reading this page, chances are that your or a loved one has just been charged with a misdemeanor. If this is the situation, we know that you will likely have many questions about your case, such as the potential punishment involved, whether you will have to go to jail, and whether diversion treatment or probation may be possible (and whether it might be possible to avoid having a conviction on your record if you successfully complete treatment or probation). We know that you will also be concerned about the cost of legal services.
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In the interim, this page provides general information about misdemeanors in Indiana, and how our firm represents clients charged with misdemeanors.
Misdemeanor Classifications in Indiana
Misdemeanors consist of classifications of crimes that are considered less serious than felonies. Misdemeanors can include crimes such as small amounts of marijuana possession and shoplifting. In Indiana, the maximum punishment for misdemeanors is one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000, and the three classifications for misdemeanors are:
Class A – Class A misdemeanors are the most serious classification of misdemeanors, and are punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Class B – Class B misdemeanors are less serious than Class A, and are punishable by up to 180 days in jail, and a fine of up to $$1,000.
Class C – Class C misdemeanors are the least serious of the Indiana misdemeanor classifications, with maximum punishments of up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500.
It’s important to understand that the above punishments are the maximum allowed under law; judges are usually free to impose sentences or fines of less than those noted above. Additionally, judges will typically have the discretion to provide sentences of probation, diversion, or first time offender programs instead of jail.