The law categorizes misdemeanors based on the nature of the crime. While laws vary by state, in most states conviction of a class C misdemeanors is punishable by up to a $500 fine and typically does not consist of jail time. Although considered a crime of a lesser offense, class C misdemeanors are still criminal acts, and conviction may lead to lasting, negative effects.
Effect on Criminal Record
As with the conviction of any criminal offense, conviction of a class C misdemeanor will lead to a mark on your permanent record which includes the date of your arrest and the details of your conviction. The only exception to this rule is if the conviction occurred while the defendant was under the age of 18 and was charged as a minor in the offense. In that case, most juvenile records are sealed and the details of the conviction are not made public.
Affect on Employment
In some cases, conviction of a class C misdemeanor may affect your ability to obtain employment. This is particularly true with careers in the nursing field, law enforcement and careers relating to child care and the education of children. While qualifying convictions vary by state, typical class C misdemeanors that may exclude an applicant from employment include convictions related to domestic violence, assault and sex crimes such as possession of child pornography and indecent exposure.
Effect on Right to Bare Arms
In some states, conviction of class C misdemeanors that relate to violence or assault may negatively effect a defendant's future right to bare arms. Examples include convictions based on domestic violence, criminal assault and criminal charges that are filed as a result of violating a protective or restraining order. While laws vary by state, some municipalities permit the defendant to reapply to obtain a gun permit if a sufficient period of time has occurred since the time of conviction as determined by individual state law.
In some states, individuals who have a class C misdemeanor record may apply to have the conviction removed from their permanent record if a sufficient period of time has passed since the date of conviction. This process is called expungement. Most states also require that in addition to successfully completing a mandatory waiting period, the applicant applying for expungement must also have maintained a clean criminal record.