§6.01. Degrees of Felonies
(1) There are three degrees of felonies: (a) first degree, (b) second degree, and (c) third degree. Big deal. If we don’t say otherwise, a felony is third degree.
(2) Anything called a felony that’s defined in other statutes is of the third degree unless we say otherwise.
§6.06. Sentence of Imprisonment for Felony; Ordinary Terms
(1) If you commit a first degree felony, the punishment is a minimum of one to ten years to a maximum of life.
(2) If you commit a second degree felony, the punishment is a minimum of one to three years to a maximum of ten years.
(3) If you commit a third degree felony, the punishment is a minimum of one to two years with a maximum of five years.
Alternative §6.06. Sentence of Imprisonment for Felony; Ordinary Terms
(1) Here, the minimum is one to 10 but the max is 20 to life.
§6.08. Sentence of Imprisonment for Misdemeanors and Petty Misdemeanors; Ordinary Terms
You can’t get locked up for more than a year for a misdemeanor or more than 30 days for a petty misdemeanor. That’s odd, because based on §1.04, this takes down a notch crimes that are not explicitly referred to as misdemeanors but have a maximum sentence of less than a year.
For example, if loitering is currently not labeled by any particular class of crimes and the maximum penalty is six months in jail, and then I adopt the MPC, loitering automagically becomes a petty misdemeanor and gets knocked down to a maximum sentence of only 30 measly days. I guess I could just change my local statute to call it a misdemeanor, though.