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Common Law

5 Common Examples of Misdemeanor Offenses

A misdemeanor is defined as a lesser criminal act that is less severe than a felony and more severe than a regulatory offense. A misdemeanor is the United States of America is punishable by fines, probation, community service and up to twelve months incarceration. Misdemeanors are often classified into several categories based on the severity of the crime. This category system usually has dedicated punishments.
Being arrested for a misdemeanor may not mean a lengthy prison sentence, but it can seriously affect job prospects and certain civil privileges. For example, a school bus driver that gets his or her first DUI may be illegible for future licensing. It is important to seek proper legal counsel for misdemeanors, no matter how petty. Here are five common examples of misdemeanor offenses.
1. Petty Theft
Theft is an umbrella term that encompasses grand theft, petty theft, larceny, stealing, embezzlement and any other instance of taking someone’s property against their will. In most jurisdictions, petty theft is identified by a value amount. For example, petty theft in the state of Washington, California and most other states in the US is theft of under $500. Anything above that, which any Los Angeles or Seattle criminal lawyer will tell you, is classified as grand theft which can be a felony.
2. Public Intoxication
In some states, public intoxication is a misdemeanor. Public intoxication generally involves intoxicated individuals causing a disturbance in a private or public area. Intoxication can be caused by alcohol or drugs. Public intoxication or drunk disorderly conduct is dealt with on a state level, and because of this the penalties vary greatly. California and Kansas both consider public intoxication a misdemeanor, while Nevada and Montana have no public intoxication laws.
3. Simple Assault
Simple assault is a common example of a misdemeanor. Simple assault on police officers, elected officials and social workers are felonies, an exception to most simple assault laws. Simple assault is defined as assault without the intent of injury. An example of simple assault can be attempting to cause someone physical harm or simply invading someone’s personal space.
4. Trespass
Trespassing is the act of someone unlawfully entering, walking on or living on private property. It is common to see “no trespassing” signs on places such as schools and private hunting grounds. Trespassing laws vary among jurisdiction, but are commonly found as misdemeanors. There are certain exceptions to trespassing laws including law enforcement, meter readers and government surveyors.
5. Indecent Exposure
Arguably the most varied misdemeanor is indecent exposure. Since the term “indecent” can mean many different things, it is up for the specific jurisdiction to enforce this misdemeanor. In Washington State, a Seattle criminal attorney would define indecent exposure as intentionally exposing his or her person to another with the knowledge that the action can cause reasonable alarm. Exposing yourself to a minor under the age of fourteen qualifies as gross misconduct, a felony.…

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Legal

What Are Common Types of Personal Injury Claims?

The term personal injury refers to an injury to a person’s body, emotional state, or mind. This is a legal term and does not refer to damage done to property. In legal matters this type of claim is often made in conjunction with accusing an individual or business with some type of negligence. The most common types of personal injury claims are tripping and falling, traffic accidents, accidents which are work related, and accidents caused by defective products. Personal injury claims can also involve injuries caused as a result of a medical or dental procedure. In these cases the claim might be a medical malpractice claim.
If the injured party can prove that there was negligence involved then they are often entitled to some amount of monetary compensation. This has become more controversial in the United States after exceedingly large amounts of money were paid to people whose injuries did not seem severe enough to warrant such compensation. Critics have called for some form of tort reform to restrict the amount of money an injured person can receive for certain injuries. Many individuals and special interest groups have accused lawyers and injured people of taking advantage of the system in order to receive compensation that is not in line with their injuries.
The law in the United States has set limitations on the amount of time and injured person can wait before filing a claim. In most states the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim lies somewhere between two and five years. Once a person has exceeded the maximum amount of time allowed to file a claim they are no longer eligible to receive compensation for their injuries. Most attorneys would recommend that an injured person consult with a lawyer immediately in order to avoid any possible complications which could result from waiting too long to file their personal injury claim.
Personal injury claims can involve a myriad of different types of injuries and accidents. For car accidents claims are usually handled by insurance companies and they generally do not make it to court. The same is true for injuries sustained by person while at someone else’s home. In this case homeowners insurance would take the place of automobile insurance and protect the homeowner from liability. Workers’ compensation has been set up to help cover the costs associated with injuries related to a person’s employment. Anyone interested in learning more about their local laws should consult with a lawyer in their area.…