There are three classes of misdemeanors in Arizona, the least severe of which is a Class 3. Many criminal acts warrant a Class 3 misdemeanor in Arizona; generally, these acts are considered to be minor and their punishment reflects that. Once convicted, a person may be sentenced to serve a small amount of time in jail and/or pay a fine decided by the court.
There are a variety of crimes that can end up in Class 3 misdemeanor. Some of them are assaulting someone by knowingly touching them with the intent to injure, insult or provoke, trespassing on property in the third degree (after the owner has told you to leave), getting certain speeding tickets, leaving the scene of an accident and being a minor in possession of alcohol.
A person that commits a Class 3 misdemeanor in Arizona may or may not be issued a fine. This fine can be given as punishment alone but can also be accompanied by a jail sentence. This isn't common for misdemeanors of such low seriousness, though. Any fine for a Class 3 misdemeanor, per Arizona state law, will be for no more than $500, plus surcharges. The specific amount is determined by the judge hearing your case and will depend on the circumstances of the crime and whether you'll be assessed additional punishments.
A sentence of imprisonment for a Class 3 misdemeanor can't exceed more than thirty days. Probation time, however, can extend to one year. The court can insist that a person serve the entire length of their sentence, without the opportunity for early release. This sentence is the lowest of all the misdemeanors in Arizona. For a Class 2 misdemeanor, the maximum jail sentence goes up to four months.
If it's your first crime, a misdemeanor is easily expunged. This means that, once the expungement process is complete, the crime will be permanently erased from your records. In order to get an expungement, you, or an attorney acting on your behalf, must go to a hearing were the judgment for the expungement will be made. There, the court will decide whether your crime is minimal enough to warrant an expungement. Expungements help citizens move on from a slip-up and lead productive lives with no criminal record.