Have you been charged with a misdemeanor?
Criminal charges can be defined as either misdemeanors or felonies. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies, however some people assume they will not need representation when they are facing a misdemeanor offense. People have the false sense of security that they are not in a great deal of trouble and don’t need a defense attorney. Being charged with a misdemeanor offense can provide your life negative consequences and being convicted of a misdemeanor can have long-term effects on job opportunities, school acceptance, apartment leasing acceptance, obtaining various professional licenses, among other things. Having a misdemeanor on your record can hold you back in life so it is important to retain the services of an attorney to adequately represent you and work hard to get your charges dismissed or reduced.
The maximum penalties for a misdemeanor are 1 year in jail, and a $1000.00 fine. However, the judge has sentencing discretion and can instead impose probation (up to 12 months per count), community service, work alternative programs, drug/alcohol/theft awareness classes; etc. If a person has a previous record of similar crimes a misdemeanor offense can have enhanced sentencing and even in some cases become a felony.
Many times the prosecutor will not work out the most fair plea deal available to defendants that are not represented by counsel because they know the accused is not familiar with the minutiae of the law. However, with The Gulley Law Firm, I will ensure the best possible plea arrangement is made to best of my ability to ensure client satisfaction. I am NOT a “plea” lawyer, however, there are times when a plea is your best option.
Some misdemeanor offenses we represent include:
- Possession of marijuana less than 1 oz
- Battery/simple battery
- Assault/simple assault
- Driving while license suspended
- Giving false name/info to law enforcement officer
The Gulley Law Firm will review your charges and advise on whether to plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest. Some people choose to wait until their arraignment to request the services of a lawyer, but having a lawyer present at your arraignment will make the process much easier and less intimidating for you.Since the legal process can be complicated, it is always good to have representation when facing criminal charges — whether felony or misdemeanor. When you have a good criminal attorney representing you, you can have the security of knowing that your rights will be protected and that you will be treated with fairness by everyone involved. You will also have the peace of mind of knowing what to expect, and having all potential outcomes considered and prepared for. If you need an attorney to handle your misdemeanor case, contact The Gulley Law Firm today and we can meet to discuss your case at your earliest convenience.