Misdemeanors in Maryland are sometimes categorized by 1st degree misdemeanors which is the most serious class with the highest penalties, and 2nd degree misdemeanors which are less serious crimes and less serious.
Maryland criminal charges are generally classified as misdemeanors or felonies. Misdemeanors are typically less severe than felonies. A misdemeanor is a crime that has a maximum charge of 12 months or less of incarceration.
Examples of misdemeanors:
- Drinking and driving
- Driving with a Revoked License
- Reckless Driving
- Petty theft
- Public drunkenness
- Resisting arrest
- Failure to appear in court
- Disorderly conduct
Loss of privileges could include:
- Loss of professional licenses
- Loss of driver’s licenses
- Termination of public/government employment
- Ability to hold public office
If convicted penalties are punishable by:
- Community service
- Up to 1 year of jail time
- Mandatory Classes
All misdemeanors begin with the issuance of a citation to the defendant. This is a summons that is issued to the defendant with the time and location to appear in court.
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