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Misdemeanors in St. Louis

A misdemeanor crime is less serious than a felony. Misdemeanor crimes usually are distinguished from felonies by the seriousness of injury caused to another person, the cash value of property taken, the quantity of drugs in a person’s possession, or the intent of the person when committing the crime. St. Louis categorizes misdemeanors committed after January 1, 2017 into six classes:

 

Unclassified Misdemeanors

Unclassified misdemeanors punishment varies based off the crime committed. These misdemeanors include sale of liquor without a license, supplying liquor to a minor, and contempt of court.

Class A Misdemeanors

Class A misdemeanors are the most serious misdemeanors and are punishable by a maximum of one year in jail with or without a fine of up to $2,000. These misdemeanors include: some fourth-degree assaults, some fourth-degree domestic assault, some second-degree harassment, some third-degree kidnapping, some interference with custody, elder abuse, some second-degree stalking, some criminal nonsupport, some second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree arson, some second-degree tampering, some second-degree property damage, some first-degree trespass, stealing, some fraudulent use of a credit or debit device, some first-degree sexual misconduct, some second-degree sexual abuse, some peace disturbance, 2nd offense driving while intoxicated, some driving with excessive blood alcohol content, some possession of marijuana, and some passing a bad check.

Class B Misdemeanors

Class B misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum of six months in jail with or without a fine of up to $1,000. These misdemeanors include some second-degree property damage, some first-degree trespass, some first-degree sexual misconduct, some peace disturbance, 1st offense driving while intoxicated, and some driving with excessive blood alcohol content.                                              

Class C Misdemeanors

Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum of fifteen days in jail with or without a fine of up to $750. These misdemeanors include some fourth-degree assaults and second-degree sexual misconduct.

Class D Misdemeanors

Class D misdemeanors are punishable by no jail time but a fine of up to $500. These misdemeanors include are some possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Infractions

Infractions are punishable by no jail time but a fine of up to $400. These misdemeanors include second-degree trespass.

 

In addition to the ranges of punishment, some misdemeanors have mandatory time that must be served before probation can occur. Note that the above examples of each class are but a small sampling of the charges under each category.

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