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A misdemeanor is a lesser crime than a felony. A person convicted of a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania may face penalties that include fine, community service, probation, and/or a jail sentence.
Pennsylvania organizes misdemeanor crimes into three categories: first, second and third-degree. First-degree misdemeanors are the most serious, followed by second and then third-degree.
Penalties in the Allentown and Pennsylvania
Judges are not required to impose the maximum possible sentence; however, the sentencing judge must consider the sentencing guidelines when considering an appropriate sentence. There are two factors the sentencing guidelines take into consideration.
Based on these two factors, the judge will be provided with a standard range, which the judge can only deviate from if presented with mitigating or aggravating factors.
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
Some misdemeanor crimes in Pennsylvania require mandatory minimum sentences. For example, operating a motor vehicle without a court ordered ignition interlock system is a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of ninety days in jail.
Examples of first-degree misdemeanors include indecent assault, possessing an instrument of crime, and endangering the welfare of children. Second-degree misdemeanors can include simple assault, reckless endangerment or the manufacture and sale of false identification. Third-degree misdemeanors can include harassment, disorderly conduct, loitering, prowling or selling liquor to minors.
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