Gross Misdemeanor – Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between felonies and gross misdemeanors?

In Minnesota, a felony is a serious offense such as assault or battery, domestic violence, murder, rape, kidnapping, some sexual offenses, and other violent crimes. A felony is punishable by at least 1 year in jail.

A gross misdemeanor is a less serious crime in Minnesota with maximum jail time of less than one year and fines of up to $3,000.

If you’re convicted of a gross misdemeanor, it can have devastating effects. A gross misdemeanor is a serious offense and written in stone on your criminal record available to future employers and landlords who perform background checks.