Crimes are divided into two classifications: misdemeanors and felony crimes.
Misdemeanors are less serious crimes that usually result in a sentence that could involve probation, paying fines, attending counseling or receiving treatment.
The most minor form of a misdemeanor is a petty offense which is a crime that doesn’t result in jail or prison time if convicted.
Punishments for petty offenses typically include tickets or citations. The most common petty offenses include driving and traffic violations. When someone commits an infraction of local ordinances they have committed a petty offense.
Misdemeanors by themselves do not warrant jury trials or prison sentences, however there are situations where someone will be charged with a misdemeanor and a felony.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor crime you should seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney.