State Felony and Misdemeanors

Kansas City Misdemeanor Lawyer

Getting Charged With A Missouri Misdemeanor

Have you recently been charged with a Missouri Misdemeanor? Are you currently looking at your options for hiring a Misdemeanor Lawyer in the Kansas City Metro Area? If so, you’re probably trying to figure out how serious the charges are and what could happen if you’re convicted and found guilty of the charge. The Jacoby Law Firm located in downtown Independence Missouri can help you navigate your way through the process, but let’s go over some of your current concerns/questions. Under Missouri law, there are 3 categories of criminal charges: Felonies, Misdemeanors, and Infractions. Felonies are considered the most serious of criminal charges, while Misdemeanors are less serious but more serious than criminal infractions. The fact is that some Misdemeanors can carry very serious fines and considerable jail time, so they should be handled with careful consideration.


There are hundreds of crimes in Missouri that are classified as Misdemeanors, and we have taken the opportunity to gather a pretty extensive list at the bottom of this page. When you’re charged with a Misdemeanor it’s typically classified into three categories – Class A, Class B, Class C, and Class D. The law in the state of Missouri specifies maximum penalties within the classifications if you’re convicted and found guilty. Class A Misdemeanors are considered the most serious and can result in up to 1 year in the county jail and up to $1000 in fines. Class B Misdemeanors carry up to 6 months in jail and up to $500 in fines. While a Class C Misdemeanor can carry up to 3 months in jail and up to $300 in fines. There are some Misdemeanors that are considered “Unclassified”, and these are typically small infractions like “failure to leash a dog in a public park”.


Common Misdemeanor Crimes the Jacoby Law Firm Handles

When it comes to mounting a criminal defense for Misdemeanors, we have delivered exceptional results for our clients over the past few years. Here’s a list of the most common Misdemeanor crimes we handled:

  • DWI’s & DUI’s
  • Petty Theft
  • Domestic Violence
  • Property Theft
  • Making A False Report
  • Perjury
  • Violating Probation/Parole
  • Burglary
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Conspiracy
  • Driving While Revoked
  • Fraud
  • Reckless Driving
  • Assault
  • Kidnapping
  • Harassment
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stalking
  • Child Endangerment
  • Trespassing
  • Prostitution
  • Leaving the Scene of An Accident

And that’s just a small sample of the cases we can handle. If you don’t see your Misdemeanor charges listed here just contact us today for a free consultation. You won’t regret it!


Things to Know About Your Misdemeanors

Here’ are few noteworthy things to consider about Misdemeanors:

  • In Missouri, most Misdemeanors have a 1-year statute of limitations, which means that after 1 year of the criminal act the state can’t charge you with the crime.
  • Misdemeanors will stay on your criminal record forever and can negatively impact your future job opportunities. Especially Misdemeanor crimes that indicate poor moral and ethical standards, or just poor judgment overall. The type of criminal background the employer runs will usually determine whether Misdemeanors show up or not.
  • There are certain crimes like DWI’s that are sometimes charged as a Misdemeanor and then sometimes charged as a Felony.
  • For instance, if you’ve been charged with a DWI more than once, the prosecutor may file the charges as a felony. In fact, we get many clients who come in thinking there only facing a Misdemeanor when in fact they are facing a very serious felony.
  • There are also certain drug crimes where depending on the amount of drugs you had in your possession, a Misdemeanor could turn into a Felony.  So don’t take a chance, if you’ve been arrested before or have a criminal record, contact us today to get clarification on what charges you might actually be facing.

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