Any offense carrying a sentence of less than one year is classified as a misdemeanor. Petty theft, simple assault, prostitution, and vandalism are among the acts classified as misdemeanor crimes. The punishment imposed for those convicted of a misdemeanor may be community service, part-time imprisonment, probation, incarceration in a local jail for a period of less than one year, or the imposition of a fine. Misdemeanors may, at times, lead to collateral consequences, such as loss of privileges, professional licenses, public employment, or public office. If you or someone you know is accused of a misdemeanor, you should seek the assistance of a skilled and experienced criminal law attorney.