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What is a misdemeanor crime?
In Utah, misdemeanor crimes are broken up into several tiers, A through C. The panalties for each vary between no jail up to 365 days of jail and a maximum fine of $2,500 with a 90% surcharge. The specifics are outlined below:
Class A: A misdemeanor in this category carries a maximum punishable sentence of up to a year incarceration in the County Jail and/or a maximum fine of $2,500 plus a 90% surcharge.
Class B: A misdemeanor in this category carries a maximum punishable sentence of up to 6 months incarceration and/or a maximum fine of $1,000 with a 90% surcharge.
Class C: A misdemeanor in this category carries a maximum punishable sentence of up to 90 days incarceration and/or a maximum fine of $750 with a 30% surcharge.
These penalties only apply to each charge and in some cases a judge can charge you with multiple counts of misdemeanor crimes (regardless of class) meaning you could serve time for each offence consecutively. This has been known to extend into years of jail time for multiple charges.
Aside from possible jail times and fines there are a myriad of potential consequences of misdemeanor charges such as the loss of one’s driving privileges if the charge is for drug or alcohol offences. Other possible consequences include restriction of your second amendment rights to carry either a firearm or even ammunition for it. This is usually a result of misdemeanor domestic violence convictions. Because there is a myriad of potential consequences that can be imposed upon you, many of which are left to the judge’s discretion, you should always consult an attorney for such offenses. Examples of these include but are not limited to: probation, house arrest, community service, and immigration and travel restrictions.