Petty Misdemeanors are offenses that are not punishable by jail time. These include low-level traffic citations and low-level shoplifting citations.
Misdemeanors are offenses that are punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The lowest-level Driving Under the Influence is an example.
Gross Misdemeanors are offenses that are punishable by up to a year in jail. Repeat DUI offenses, or a DUI with an elevated blood-alcohol level, are examples.
Felonies are crimes that are punishable by more than a year in jail. The lowest-level felony offenses are punishable by a year and 1 day. In Itasca County, these cases are supervised by the Minnesota Department of Corrections, for more information contact them by phone at 218-322-2920.