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How much jail time am I facing for a felony or misdemeanor in Missouri?

How much jail time am I facing for a felony or misdemeanor in Missouri?
By W. Derek Hux

Missouri criminal defense lawyer

So you got arrested – Now, how do you figure out how much jail time you might have to serve or how much of a fine you might have to pay? By looking at the classification of the offense, you can get a good idea of what you might be facing.

In Missouri, it is Missouri’s Revised Statutes Chapter 557 that sets forth the classification of criminal laws and the maximum punishments allowed by law.

Missouri criminal laws are categorized into the following categories, from most serious to least:

  1. Felonies (A, B, C, D)
  2. Misdemeanors (A, B, C)
  3. Infractions

The maximum penalties are as follows:
(along with some example crimes)

In Missouri, every criminal charge has the potential for serious consequences. While most defendants do not receive the maximum punishment allowed by law, you should be aware that it is a possibility and your appearance in Court is not to be taken lightly.

I highly recommend you speak to an attorney about the particulars of your case. If you want to fight the charge and go to trial, having an attorney speaking for you is your best chance of success. If you want to plead guilty, an attorney on your side can explore the possibilities of a beneficial plea agreement.

Derek Hux
Hux Law

[Last updated 5.27.14 - originally posted 12.4.12]


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