A person convicted of a misdemeanor may serve a year of jail time, depending on the nature of the offense and the person’s criminal history. Also, a person may have to perform community service, participate in rehabilitation programs, and pay a fine. If a person is convicted of a misdemeanor sex offense
, he may have to register as a sex offender for at least 20 years. A misdemeanor will appear on a person’s criminal record.
The increasingly strict DWI laws require the suspension of a person’s license for at least six months, and the DMV now has discretion to permanently revoke a person's license for any drug or alcohol related conviction, even if the conviction has nothing to do with driving a car!
Most people are unaware of the consequences of a misdemeanor conviction and focus only on avoiding jail time. It is important to consider the big picture, including a permanent criminal record
, before determining whether a misdemeanor conviction is worth the lifelong consequences.
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