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By October 27, 2023No Comments

Misdemeanor charges in Pennsylvania are criminal offenses that are less severe than felonies but more serious than summary offenses. These charges are divided into three categories: First-Degree Misdemeanors, Second-Degree Misdemeanors, and Third-Degree Misdemeanors. Here’s a brief overview of each:

  1. First-Degree Misdemeanors: These are the most serious misdemeanor charges. They can result in up to five years of imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000. Examples include certain theft offenses, certain types of assault, and some drug possession offenses.
  2. Second-Degree Misdemeanors: Second-degree misdemeanors are less severe than first-degree misdemeanors but still carry significant penalties. Convictions may lead to up to two years of imprisonment and fines of up to $5,000. Examples include some types of theft and drug possession.
  3. Third-Degree Misdemeanors: These are the least serious misdemeanor charges, but they can still result in up to one year of imprisonment and fines of up to $2,500. Examples include offenses like disorderly conduct and certain types of vandalism.

Misdemeanor charges can have serious consequences, including a criminal record that can impact future employment and housing opportunities. It’s crucial to consult with an experienced attorney if you or someone you know is facing misdemeanor charges in Pennsylvania. An attorney can provide guidance, build a strong defense, and work to minimize the potential penalties associated with these charges.


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