Classes of misdemeanors in Arizona
Arizona classifies misdemeanors into three different categories based on severity, with each of these classes carrying a different set of consequences.
Class 1: Class 1 misdemeanors are the most serious category of misdemeanor offenses, bringing up to six months in county jail and fines up to $2,500 upon conviction. Disorderly conduct and prostitution are considered Class 1 misdemeanors.
Class 2: Offenses such as intentionally exposing another person to an infectious disease are classified as a Class 2 misdemeanor. In many cases, this category is used to classify offenses that have not been categorized through legislation. A conviction for this category of offenses can bring a maximum or four months in jail and fines up to $750.
Class 3: Class 3 misdemeanors, such as asking someone to buy, sell, or give you alcohol if you are under age 21, are punishable by up to $500 in fines and up to 30 days in jail. Class 3 misdemeanors are the least serious type of misdemeanor crimes.
A conviction of any type of misdemeanor offense can expose you to jail time, expensive fines, and community service. In addition, being convicted of a crime can make it difficult for you to find suitable employment and housing, as many employers and landlords tend to favor applicants without criminal histories.
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