Criminal Division prosecutors are also responsible for the prosecution of misdemeanor offenses in Mahoning County, except those misdemeanor offenses committed within the limits of the various municipal corporations located within the county. In general, misdemeanor offenses are those criminal or traffic offenses that carry a potential jail sentence of six months or less, or no jail sentence at all. Whether a criminal or traffic misdemeanor offense, the seriousness of the offense is denoted by its degree. For example, with a few very limited exceptions, a misdemeanor of the 1st degree is the most serious level of misdemeanor, while a minor misdemeanor is the least serious. There are also 2nd, 3rd and 4th degree misdemeanor offenses.