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Criminal Charges

What are the different types of criminal charges?

If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime in Minnesota, you may have questions about what those charges mean.

The following are the general classifications for crimes:

What is a petty misdemeanor?

A petty misdemeanor is any ticket that has a maximum fine of $300 and carries no potential jail time.

What is a misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is any charge punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. For example: a simple assault.

What is a gross misdemeanor?

A gross misdemeanor is any charge punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine. For example: a second DWI within a ten-year period.

What is a felony?

A felony is any charge that is punishable by 12 months or longer in prison. For example: a theft of over $1,000, possession of certain controlled substances, assault with a weapon or that caused injuries, burglary, or murder.

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