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Gross Misdemeanor

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Definition - What does Gross Misdemeanor mean?

A gross misdemeanor is a crime which is more serious than a misdemeanor charge but not as serious as a felony charge. Common gross misdemeanors can include certain types of assault, petty theft or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. DUI penalties may include jail time, fines and license suspension and can increase with each subsequent DUI arrest.

Penalties imposed for gross misdemeanors may vary but generally will not exceed jail time of more than one year and fines of $3000 to $5000. Community service may also be ordered. Sentencing guidelines for gross misdemeanors are outlined by state law.

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