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Although misdemeanors are considered "lesser" offenses compared to felonies, they can still leave a stain on your criminal record and future. If you are being charged with a misdemeanor, you could be looking at up to six months in jail and fines. With a misdemeanor on your record, you will have to carry the burden of a criminal conviction everywhere with you - when you apply for jobs, housing, professional licenses, and more. Any type of criminal matter should be handled by a skilled defense attorney who knows how to protect your best interests and future.

If you have been accused of a misdemeanor, turn to the experienced Scottsdale defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Stephen L. Duncan, P.L.C. No matter what type of offense you are facing, we are ready to provide powerful defense.

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How Are Misdemeanors Classified in Arizona?

Misdemeanor offenses are categorized as either Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3 based on the type and seriousness of an offense. These classes carry different types of penalties with varying amounts of jail time, fines, and community service. In addition to these legal consequences, being convicted of a misdemeanor crime can have a detrimental impact on a person’s ability to find employment and suitable housing, as many employers tend to choose applicants with clean histories over those with criminal records.

Here's how Arizona classifies misdemeanors:

  • Class 1: The most serious misdemeanors are classified as Class 1 offenses. Class 1 misdemeanors such as prostitution, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, and driving on a suspended license can bring penalties up to six months in jail and a maximum of $2,500.
  • Class 2: Class 2 misdemeanors are punishable by up to four months in jail and fines up to $750. Misdemeanor offenses that have not been categorized through legislation are charged as Class 2 misdemeanors, such as intentionally spreading an infectious disease.
  • Class 3: The least serious type of misdemeanor is a Class 3 misdemeanor. These offenses can bring up to $500 in fines and 30 days in jail. Criminal speeding and trespassing in the third degree are considered Class 3 misdemeanor offenses.

Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer Dedicated to Protecting Your Future

When your future is on the line, the Law Offices of Stephen L. Duncan, P.L.C. can fight for you. Our Scottsdale criminal defense attorney leverages his unique insights and legal savvy gained through decades of hands-on experience navigating the halls of the criminal justice system. At our law firm, you have the opportunity to work with a former prosecutor who brings a wealth of knowledge on how criminal offenses are investigated and prosecuted. We can get started on protecting you today.

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