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A misdemeanor is seen as a minor criminal act in the legal system.  When being charged with a misdemeanor an individual is not considered a felon, but it is seen as a simple arrest. Misdemeanors are crimes such as petty theft, prostitution, public intoxication, public urination, simple assault, disorderly conduct, trespass of private property, vandalism, and minor drug possession.

Depending on specific state regulations generally a misdemeanor is punishable by a fine, but can also receive jail time (max time is one year and served in a local jail), probation, community service, and loss of license.

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While I am obviously not a criminal defense attorney, I do know that criminal laws are very serious and can potential effect anyone. My overall goal for this blog site is help explain what these laws are, giving my own in put and reporting on media mistake examples.

Criminal Laws are considered white collar crimes, violent crimes, grim felonies, internet crimes, drug cases, driving while intoxicated (or DUI) and misdemeanors.

White collar crimes are things such as fraud, embezzlement, extortion, forgery and identity theft. A great sociologist by the name of Edwin Sutherland explained it my calling this “a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation” (1949).  Additionally after September 11, 2001 issues surrounding identity theft has become a major issue. For youngsters trying to use a fake id may seem harmless, but in reality it is a major criminal offense.

A violent crime, grim felony and internet crime seems to a bit more obvious that an individual is breaking the law.  Violent crimes include murder, robbery, rape, sexual assault, abuse and assault.  Grim felonies are crimes like burglary, grand larceny, gambling offenses, firearms offenses, and hate crimes. Then furthermore Internet crimes are things such as Internet pornography, Internet predator crimes, and computer sex crimes. Each of these situations is seen on different levels and the severity can vary greatly between court cases.

Finally to drug cases, driving while intoxicated, and misdemeanors are some of the most common criminal defense laws, especially in a younger age frame. Drug crimes involve cultivation, distribution, possession, selling of, and trafficking of any type of illegal drug. There are numerous different types of drugs but an individual can be prosecuted for, basically anything without a prescription.  Driving while intoxicated, which is also known as a DUI is a nationwide criminal law that can be enforced even after have one drink.  This is a serious offense and depending on the court case even for minor accounts individual can loss their driving license. Lastly, a misdemeanor is a criminal offense such as shoplifting, criminal mischief, prostitution, trespassing, and vandalism.

Many of you can probably think back to a time when you were faced with situations like these or came close to being in one.  None the less having any of these criminal defense crimes on your record can be cause major issues later in life, so it is important to understand criminal justice.

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