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The witnesses saw the assault, and the victim had some marks on her consistent with what they saw. This is a fairly clear-cut case of misdemeanor assault.
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  a crime less serious than a felony
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misdemeanor misdemeanors
Strongly Associated with:   felony, felon, felonious
Technical descriptions under U.S. Criminal Law:

infraction:  no jail or a maximum of 5 days of jail time

misdemeanor:  6 days to a year of jail time

felony:  more than a year of jail time
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  • The witnesses saw the assault, and the victim had some marks on her consistent with what they saw. This is a fairly clear-cut case of misdemeanor assault.
    Sean Whitcomb
  • ...we have already made some other arrests on steroid charges. Even though these (new) cases are misdemeanors, we consider them serious and we want our investigation to be thorough.
    Steve Cole
  • She’s probably terrified: she’s been talking about my boyfriend (misdemeanor), but, more specifically, she’s been talking about how hot he is (felony).
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • "Keep Your Class B Misdemeanor off My B Cups," Mia says, quoting one of the movement’s more ridiculous slogans between gasps of laughter.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • Years earlier, he had been drawn into a bar fight that resulted in a misdemeanor conviction and a night in jail.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Three drug possessions, two misdemeanor thefts, three prostitution convictions.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • I am only asking that this misdemeanor be weighed against my record not only as a Polish sympathizer with National Socialism but as an active and involved campaigner in the sacred war against Jews and Jewry.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Okay, maybe not a felony, but how about a misdemeanor?
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • In Maycomb County, hunting out of season was a misdemeanor at law, a capital felony in the eyes of the populace.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • No matter how innocent a slave might be—it availed him nothing, when accused by Mr. Gore of any misdemeanor.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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  • Did I tell you as I was tried, alone, for misdemeanor, while with Compeyson?
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Did you know that public nudity is a misdemeanor in this county?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • The encouragement Buck gave the rebels led them into all kinds of petty misdemeanors.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • When they flashed a mug shot of Marcus with a few details of his prior misdemeanor charges, she turned off the TV.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • No quarter, war to the death! a pretty woman is a casus belli; a pretty woman is flagrant misdemeanor.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He looked at Basta as he said this, and Basta bowed his head as if all the misdemeanors of the last few days weighed heavily on him.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • No crime of commission was ever attributed to him, and his crimes of omission were only misdemeanors.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • You have the right to have me appoint a lawyer to represent you because you are charged with a Class A misdemeanor and this is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Arrests for misdemeanors, for the kind of minor offenses that had gone unnoticed in the past, went up fivefold between 1990 and 1994.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Hanging out with her made me a party to all her various social crimes and misdemeanors-and there were many-so there was a wide portion of the student body that was not exactly rushing to embrace me.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • What is this misdemeanor?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • ’But, as the Ministry has no authority to punish Hogwarts students for misdemeanors at school, Harry’s behavior there is not relevant to this hearing,’ said Dumbledore, as politely as ever, but now with a suggestion of coolness behind his words.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • I knew a man that was under misfortunes, being guilty of misdemeanors against the goverment; when, absconding for fear of his ruin, all his friends advising him not to put himself in the hands of the law, one morning as he awaked, he felt a strong impulse darting into his mind thus, _Write a letter to them;_ and this was repeated several times to his mind, and at last he answered to it, as if it had been a voice, _Whom shall I write to?
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • It turned out his "long story" for being at Senior Days started with some kind of misdemeanor and ended with community service, which led to lemon cookies and punch and me.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • It was Mrs. Tulliver’s way, if she blamed Tom, to refer his misdemeanor, somehow or other, to Maggie.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • His clothes are a little freaky maybe, but that’s a misdemeanor here, not a felony.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • He had done time for a string of misdemeanors.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Is the respondent Andrew Johnson guilty or not guilty of a high misdemeanor as charged in this Article?
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • How, how, how could I get my hands on more money before I was caught and sent to jail for some trivial misdemeanor?
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • In the state of California—murder = a crime of a much more serious nature than that of a misdemeanor.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • "It was certainly a hasty speech, my dear," said Mrs. Garth, with whom speaking evil of dignities was a high misdemeanor.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • These periods kept increasing, my misdemeanors growing worse.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Reports indicate that over a hundred thousand executions have taken place during the last three years with little distinction made between misdemeanors and felonies.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The usual bail for such a misdemeanor would be $500.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Clyde nodded assent often and interpolated a few eager "yes, sirs" and "no, sirs," and assured him at the last that it was the furtherest thing from his thoughts and temperament to dream of any such high crimes and misdemeanors as he had outlined.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Such misdemeanors needed discriminating treatment, firm but reformatory, with no hint of injustice, and full proof of guilt.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Any sexual act in a secured area is a misdemeanor, Mr. Monroe.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • He says, ’Trespassing ain’t a crime and ain’t a misdemeanor.’
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • It was Paul’s afternoon to appear before the faculty of the Pittsburgh High School to account for his various misdemeanors.
    Willa Cather  --  Paul’s Case
  • 4 The President can be impeached, tried, and if convicted of treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors, removed from office.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • ] [Footnote s: I say the greater number, because certain administrative misdemeanors are brought before ordinary tribunals.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • When she heard the first two short raps on the door, her eyes took a final flight over the small apartment, desperately seeking out any slight misdemeanor that might have to be defended.
    Gloria Naylor  --  The Women of Brewster Place
  • The President of the United States would be liable to be impeached, tried, and, upon conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors, removed from office; and would afterwards be liable to prosecution and punishment in the ordinary course of law.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • He is suspected of other misdemeanors and offences against private rights; and I have this night taken on myself. by the virtue of my office as sheriff, to arrest the said Bumppo, and bring him to the county jail, that he may be present and forthcoming to answer to these heavy charges before the court to-morrow morning.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • …march, with flutes, drums and tambourines, about fifty chanting people, and a man with a needle stuck in his protruding tongue, and a woman with a snake around her neck, and a haze of pungent smoke that had the whiff of some congenial misdemeanor, and there were kids walking along and babies in backpacks and slings, and the marchers chanted a sort of hummed syllable, a thing with a twang, it sounded to me like Bomb, a vibe with the gravid tone of prayer, repeated, repeated, but…
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Poor Jo looked abashed, and silently chafed the end of her nose with the stiff handkerchief, as if performing a penance for her misdemeanors.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • "I can’t quite make out; it is something dreadfully bad, something mean and underhand, and not redeemed by audacity, as his mother’s misdemeanors may have been.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
    United States ’Founding Fathers’  --  The Constitution of the United States
  • The President, Vice-President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • …(to run the—) gauntlet glamor glamour good-by good-bye gram gramme gray grey harbor harbour honor honour hostler ostler humor humour inclose enclose indorse endorse inflection inflexion inquiry enquiry jail gaol jewelry jewellery jimmy (burglar’s) jemmy labor labour laborer labourer liter litre maneuver manoeuvre medieval mediaeval meter metre misdemeanor misdemeanour mold mould mollusk mollusc molt moult mustache moustache neighbor neighbour neighborhood neighbourhood net (adj.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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