A misdemeanor is a crime that is usually punishable by a fine or up to one year in jail. All crimes that are not felonies are misdemeanors. The first offense is seen as a misdemeanor any offense that is repeated is seen as a felony. A few examples of misdemeanors include: trespass, petty theft, disorderly conduct, and domestic violence. Similar to a felony, a misdemeanor will show up on your record, and can affect your life.