Under Arizona’s laws, misdemeanors are crimes punishable by up to six months in county or local jail. More serious crimes, called felonies, are punishable by state prison terms of one year or more.
For more information on felonies in Arizona, see Arizona Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.
Misdemeanors in Arizona may be designated as Class 1, 2, or 3. If lawmakers fail to designate a misdemeanor, then it is punishable as a class 2 misdemeanor. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-601, 13-602.)
A class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-707, 13-802.) Prostitution is an example of a class 1 misdemeanor.
For more information on prostitution and related crimes, see Prostitution, Pimping, and Pandering Laws in Arizona.
Class 2 misdemeanors in Arizona are punishable by up to four months in jail and a fine of up to $750. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-707, 13-802.) Intentionally exposing another person to an infectious disease is a class 2 misdemeanor.
For more information, see Transmitting an STD in Arizona.
Class 3 misdemeanors are the least serious misdemeanors in Arizona. They are punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. (Ariz. Rev. Stat. §§ 13-707, 13-802.) For example, asking a person to buy, sell, or give you alcohol if you are under the age of 21 is a class 3 misdemeanor.
For more information on this and related crimes, see Arizona Minor in Possession of Alcohol Charges and Penalties.
If you were arrested, indicted, or charged for a crime and then cleared of all charges, you may ask the superior court to note on your criminal records that you were cleared. (Arizona Statutes § 13-4051.)
To correct most mistakes on your criminal history record in Arizona, you should contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety and request a Record Review Packet. You can correct your record by completing and submitting a form called “Review and Challenge of Arizona Criminal History Information,” which you will find in the review packet. The state criminal records agency will review your form and, if corrections are necessary, it will update your record. For more information, visit the Arizona Department of Public Safety website.