A misdemeanor is a crime that is less serious than a felony. Depending on the charge, misdemeanors may be punishable by up to 90 days, 93 days, or 1 year in the county jail, and fines. Misdemeanor sentences do not include prison terms. Misdemeanor cases start with your arraignment.

At your arraignment, you will be given dates to return for:
  • A pretrial conference between the prosecuting attorney, your attorney and you to determine whether a trial will be necessary; and
  • Your trial.
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, the judge may sentence you to pay fines and costs, place you on probation, and/or serve time in jail.


Bonds posted with the court must be paid in cash, with a credit card or posted by a bondsperson or bonding agency.

If you posted a bond, and are ordered to pay fines and costs or other assessments, your bond may be retained by the court and applied toward the money you owe.