Misdemeanors are the least serious charges in the criminal justice system. They are a wide variety of transgressions that involve minor violations of property rights or physical safety. In most cases, misdemeanors do not bring about any jail time. They are not even pursued in a vast majority of situations. When a misdemeanor does come to trial, both sides are implored to pursue settlements and look at plea deals. Some people convicted of misdemeanors are even allowed to serve out their sentences on house arrest.