misdemeanor: Vocabulary part of speech
Meaning of this part of speech
a minor crime (punishment is usually a fine or less than one year in jail)
misdemeanor in an Example Sentence
Stealing a road sign is considered a misdemeanor,but is punishable by a large fine.
Misdemeanor Meaning in the U.S. Court System
An offense punishable by one year of imprisonment or less. Compare with “felony.”
Meaning of Misdemeanor in the U.S. Legal System
Definition of Misdemeanor published by the National Association for Court Management: A criminal offense considered less serious than a felony. Misdemeanors generally are punishable by a fine or a limited local jail term, but not by imprisonment in a state penitentiary.
This term is a noun.
Etimology of Misdemeanor
also misdemeanour, “legal class of indictable offenses,” late 15c.; from mis- (1) “wrong” + Middle English demenure (see demeanor). Related: Misdemeanors; misdemeanours.
Meaning of Misdemeanor in Spanish
Description/ translation of misdemeanor into Spanish: (in the law of the United States/ en el derecho de los Estados Unidos) delito menos grave
Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where misdemeanor belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.
Notes and References
- Translation of Misdemeanor published by Antonio Peñaranda
Misdemeanor (Criminal Judicial Process)