A misdemeanor is essentially a crime punishable up to one year in jail. Considered less serious than felonies, misdemeanors are handled at the county court level. They are punishable by a fine, probation, and/or imprisonment in the county jail, as opposed to a state prison sentence on a felony charge. Misdemeanor offenses include worthless checks, prostitution, petit theft, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, resisting arrest without violence, battery, domestic violence, and assault. There are two kinds of misdemeanors in Florida: First degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail, while second degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 60 days in jail.
In addition to criminal misdemeanor cases, county criminal courts maintain and file civil infractions. Typically, civil infractions are violations of county ordinances that are neither criminal related charges nor traffic related charges. A few examples of civil infractions are littering, and boating and fishing violations. Below is a list of common Florida Misdemeanors.
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