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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 – 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 see what Missouri has authorized as punishments. RSMo 557 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 of the range of punishment available to the Judge, and your appearance in Court must 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. Don’t try to do this on your own, there is too much risk.


Derek Hux
Hux Law
573-642-7784



[Last updated 3.15.15 - originally posted 12.4.12]

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