A. Under Louisiana law, a misdemeanor is any crime other than a felony. Thus, a misdemeanor is any crime for which the offender cannot be sentenced to death or to imprisonment at hard labor. Misdemeanors are considered less serious than felonies because the penalties are typically less serve and they do not ordinarily produce the same collateral consequences as a felony. The maximum term of imprisonment provided for a misdemeanor is typically one year or less.
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