Misdemeanors are less serious offenses than felonies, but more serious than infractions. These types of crimes, such as a first offense DUI, are punishable by no more than a year in county jail.
While misdemeanors are typically prosecuted in state courts, federal misdemeanors are an exception. You could be convicted of a federal misdemeanor if your offense is a federal offense, such as assaulting or resisting an officer, or if the offense occurs on federal property, such as a military base. Misdemeanors crimes committed at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia will go to federal court.
Federal Misdemeanor Classes
Federal misdemeanors are divided into different classes based on severity. Each carries which a different level of punishment:
- Class A – Up to 12 months of imprisonment
- Class B – Up to 6 months of imprisonment
- Class C – Up to 30 days of imprisonment
- Federal Infraction – Up to 5 days in jail
Many federal misdemeanor cases that occur on federal property are for petty offenses, such as traffic tickets. However, other examples include carrying a weapon on a military base or smoking marijuana on federal property.
While these offenses carry less weight than a felony, the consequences can be long-term. Being convicted of a federal misdemeanor will go on your criminal record, and can prevent you from receiving employment opportunities, winning custody cases, and more.
If you are facing a federal misdemeanor violation in Georgia, you will need an attorney well-versed in federal law. Call Wadkins & Wallace at (706) 221-9451 or fill out our free case evaluation form to learn how we can help.