Misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by a maximum sentence of imprisonment
of 11 months and 29 days. Many common crimes – driving while license
suspended and domestic violence, for example – are misdemeanors.
Other crimes – driving under the influence of intoxicants and drug
possession – are misdemeanor offenses, but may be elevated to felony
status depending on one’s criminal history. Given the serious nature
of many misdemeanor offenses, you should absolutely have counsel if you
are charged with this sort of crime.