Misdemeanor charges are considered minor offenses and can be categorized by a variety of violent and/or non-violent crimes. For example: assault, public intoxication, resisting arrest, theft and many other violations can be considered misdemeanor offenses. While these crimes are less serious than felony offenses, they are still serious enough to lead to an arrest, rather than resulting in a ticket or citation from a police officer.
Like felony offenses, misdemeanor charges are classified by the severity of the crime committed. Misdemeanor charges are ranked from 1 through 4; with 4 being the least serious and 1 being the most severe offense.