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Misdemeanor

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Offenses lower than felonies and generally those punishable by fine, penalty, FORFEITURE, or imprisonment other than in a penitentiary. Under federal law, and most state laws, any offense other than a felony is classified as a misdemeanor. Certain states also have various classes of misdemeanors (e.g., Class A, B, etc.).

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