A charge for a crime that is considered less severe than a felony. It is generally defined as a charge that results in a maximum jail sentence of 12 months and/or a maximum fine of $2,500. Misdemeanors may result in lesser consequences than a felony when it comes to treatment after the penalty is handed down, though a misdemeanor offense will likely still show up a background check for employment, housing, and certain financial transactions. Some examples of misdemeanors are reckless driving, simple assault, larceny involving less than $200, certain DUI charges, possession of marijuana, and trespassing. However, a Emporia and Greensville County criminal lawyer can help you avoid a criminal record, including preserving your security clearance, which many people need for work.