What Is a Class A Misdemeanor in Kentucky?

Class A misdemeanors include assault and battery, bad-check writing, marijuana possession, perjury, public lewdness, driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of a weapon and violation of a restraining order. Class A misdemeanors in the Commonwealth of Kentucky carry a maximum punishment of 12 months in local jail and fines of up to $500. Such crimes are decided in the District Court of the county in which the crime occurred.

Class B misdemeanors carry lesser maximum penalties of 90 days in jail and fines of up to $250. These offenses include criminal mischief, criminal trespass, graffiti and theft of property less than $500.

The least serious category of crime is violations, which, in Kentucky, include offenses such as speeding, failure to abide by a city or county ordinance, public intoxication and various other minor traffic violations. According to the Kentucky Penal Code, such offenses carry a maximum fine of $250. Violations are handled by the District Court.

The most serious of crimes in Kentucky, felony offenses, are those punishable by more than one year of imprisonment. Felony crimes include but are not limited to sexual assault, murder, malicious wounding, armed robbery and grand larceny. Felony offenses are handled in the Circuit Court of the county in which they occurred.