Indiana law breaks up misdemeanor charges into three types of classes: Class A Misdemeanor, Class B Misdemeanor, and Class C Misdemeanor. The distinction is evident when you look at the range of punishment that is possible under each Class of Misdemeanor.
Class A Misdemeanors are the highest level of misdemeanor that you can be charged with in Indiana and as such carries the stiffest penalties. Indiana Code 35-50-3-2 states that:
A person who commits a Class A misdemeanor shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of not more than one (1) year; in addition, he may be fined not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000).
Some more common crimes that are categorized as Class A Misdemeanors: Domestic Battery, Resisting Law Enforcement, Certain types of Criminal Recklessness, Marijuana related charges and Conversion.
Class B Misdemeanors carry the following sentence range:
shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of not more than one hundred eighty (180) days; in addition, he may be fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000).
Class C Misdemeanors carry the following sentence range:
a Class C misdemeanor shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of not more than sixty (60) days; in addition, he may be fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500).
Remember the legal definitions of what can occur under a misdemeanor does not mean that you will receive the high end of the sentence. There are many factors that a court will consider when sentencing a person for a misdemeanor. Other factors that can come into play will be whether or not your particular court has a pretrial diversion program that may allow you to enter a program and complete certain requirements in order to receive an outcome where the case may be dropped as a result of your completion of the program.
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