Gross Misdemeanor

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Definition - What does Gross Misdemeanor mean?

A gross misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is less serious than a felony and considered as minor in relation to other crimes. A gross misdemeanor is prosecuted in district and municipal courts as opposed to the superior courts where felony offenses are prosecuted. The penalty for a gross misdemeanor can be up to 90 days jail term or as much as a $1,000 fine.

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Criminal offenses that are classified as gross misdemeanors are petty theft, negligent, or reckless driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, stalking, or aggravated assault. Depending on the severity of the offense, and the offender's prior criminal record, a repeat offense for a gross misdemeanor can attract heavier fines, extended jail terms and having a driver's license revoked in the case of driving offenses. After a few years, a person found guilty of a gross misdemeanor can apply to have the charge expunged from their record.

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