Crimes in Tennessee are grouped into two general categories: Misdemeanors and Felonies. A misdemeanor offense is any offense that carries a potential sentence of less than one year in jail. There are three classes of misdemeanors: Class A, Class B and Class C, with Class A misdemeanors being the most severely punished of the three.
Class A Misdemeanors (e.g., aggravated criminal trespass – habitation/school/railroad, DUI (generally), domestic assaults, simple possession). Class A misdemeanors are the most serious misdemeanors, carrying a potential sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days in jail.
Class B Misdemeanors (e.g., aggravated criminal trespass (not habitation/school), and some assaults) carry a potential sentence of up to six (6) months in jail.
Class C Misdemeanors (e.g., driving on a suspended license, public intoxication, criminal trespass) carry a potential sentence of up to thirty (30) days in jail.