Misdemeanors often carry less harsh sentences with them than do felonies. However, there is quite a bit of flexibility in the sentencing for various misdemeanor crimes. Still, you would want to avoid jail time whenever possible, and that is quite a common punishment, even for minor crimes. A misdemeanor defense attorney can help. You will need one if your case is similar to any of the following. You Committed a Misdemeanor Within the Boundaries of Washington, D.