Law. a criminal offense defined as less serious than a felony.
an instance of misbehavior; misdeed.
- Also especially British, mis·de·mean·our .
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How to use misdemeanor in a sentence
It would also mandate DNA collection for certain misdemeanor offenses, including theft and drug offenses.
People still remain on the injunctions today without so much as a misdemeanor.While We’re Rethinking Policing, It’s Time to End Gang Injunctions | Jamie Wilson | September 15, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
State law already prohibits officers with felony convictions from serving, but many plead down to misdemeanors with the consent of prosecutors.Sacramento Report: Jones, COVID-19 and the Irony of Remote Voting | Sara Libby and Jesse Marx | August 28, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Then, on July 14, Watkins was charged with three felonies and a misdemeanor for voting from an address where he does not live.What You Need To Know About Today’s Elections In Kansas, Michigan And Missouri | Nathaniel Rakich (email@example.com) | August 4, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
All the violations are misdemeanors and each day the violations continued constitutes a new and separate offense.
Uber severed ties with him, and on Monday he was charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide.
Freundel was charged with six counts of voyeurism, a misdemeanor, and has surrendered his passport while awaiting trial.Women Describe How Top D.C. Rabbi Allegedly Spied on Them in the Nude | Steven I. Weiss | October 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
According to the Montgomery Police Department, transmitting a sexually transmitted disease is a class C misdemeanor.Alabama Church Says HIV-Positive Preacher Slept With Flock | Matthew Paul Turner | October 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
ARS identified what it called the “stalker gap,” where people convicted of stalking as a misdemeanor can still carry guns.
Add to that a batch of misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges and a few felony drug raps, and it was time to move.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos | Steve Miller | July 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The judge reserved the case till he could determine whether the crime was felony or only a misdemeanor.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Let the child early learn that good wholesome play in the open is better than secretive misdemeanor behind closed doors.The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
It would be just as easy for the Judge to make out divers other crimes from my words, as to construct a misdemeanor therefrom.The Trial of Theodore Parker | Theodore Parker
How easily could Scroggs make a "misdemeanor," or "a seditious libel," out of that question!The Trial of Theodore Parker | Theodore Parker
On the 1st of December the Whig Aldermen were arrested for misdemeanor in neglecting to perform their duty.A History of the City of Brooklyn and Kings County Volume II | Stephen M. Ostrander
Cultural definitions for misdemeanor
A minor crime, punishable by a fine or a light jail term. Common misdemeanors, such as traffic violations, are usually dealt with informally, without a trial. (Compare felony.)
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