A misdemeanor is, by definition, a less serious offense than a felony. Most states classify three types of crimes in descending order of severity: Felonies, misdemeanors and infractions.
Misdemeanors can be punishable by a maximum of 6 months in county jail and a maximum $1,000 fine. Misdemeanors are petty theft, trespassing, disturbing the peace, domestic violence, simple drug possession, DUI, public intoxication, etc. Aggravated misdemeanors are more serious and can carry up to a one-year jail sentence.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor, contact Lombard Law at (310) 399-3259 or by email.