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Charges in State Court can range from relatively minor petty misdemeanor offenses all the way to Class A felonies.

Petty Misdemeanors

Petty Misdemeanor offenses are criminal offenses that are punishable by up to 6 months of incarceration. Petty misdemeanors may also be punishable by probationary terms of 6 to 12 months and fines up to $1000.

Some common petty misdemeanor offenses include:

Petty misdemeanor offenses can be filed in the District Court OR Family Court. Because petty misdemeanor offenses are not punishable by more than 6 months in jail, you do not have a right to have a jury trial. If you wish to contest the charges against you, all the evidence at the trial will be considered by a judge who will ultimately render a verdict of guilty or not guilty. While you do not have a right to a jury trial for petty misdemeanors, you do have an absolute right to be represented by an attorney. Your first court appearance for a petty misdemeanor offense is arraignment and plea. At your initial court date, you will be informed of the charges against you. The judge will then set your case for trial and give you time to consult with an attorney. You should consult with an experienced defense attorney if you are charged with ANY petty misdemeanor because they all carry a potential jail sentence, possible fines, court fees, probationary terms, as well as a criminal record.



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