Questions About Criminal Offense Levels
Often I am asked of the difference between felonies and misdemeanors or the difference between gross misdemeanors and misdemeanors. Here are the definitions provided by Minnesota statute.
Petty Misdemeanor – “Petty misdemeanor” means a petty offense which is prohibited by statute, which does not constitute a crime for which a sentence of a fine of not more than $300 may be imposed.
Misdemeanor – “Misdemeanor” means a crime for which a sentence of not more than 90 days or a fine of not more than $1,000, or both, may be imposed.
Gross Misdemeanor – “Gross misdemeanor” means any crime which is not a felony or misdemeanor. The maximum fine which may be imposed for a gross misdemeanor is $3,000.
Felony – “Felony” means a crime for which a sentence of imprisonment for more than one year may be imposed.
Minnesota Statutes Reference
In terms of seriousness from least serious to most serious it is Petty Misdemeanor, Misdemeanor, Gross Misdemeanor, and then Felony.