A misdemeanor charge is not as serious as a felony, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't defend your side of the story. Misdemeanors can still be punished with fines and prison or jail time, which can impact your relationships, school or work.
There are several kinds of misdemeanors. The first is known as a petty misdemeanor. Usually, the fine for this charge is no more than $500 and results in less than a half year in jail. If you're accused of a petty misdemeanor, you may be able to defend yourself and have the charges dropped or the penalties lessened. Some alternatives might be to attend a rehabilitation program or to perform community service.