You should never go to criminal court to resolve a criminal matter without speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney. Misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, but they carry serious consequences that can ruin your future. A good misdemeanor defense lawyer can help you prepare for court and achieve the best possible outcome for your case. Read the information below, and contact our office to discuss your options.
What can happen if I am found guilty of a misdemeanor?
Misdemeanors carries significant penalties. You face up to 12 months in jail, fines up to $1,000.00, court fines and restitution payments, and court ordered rehab programs. In addition, you could pay monthly fees for random drug screens and probation supervision.
Can I wait until after my first court date to hire a lawyer?
A good misdemeanor defense lawyer doesn’t wait for your first court date to start working, and neither should you. People who wait until after their first court date risk consequences such as license suspensions, or the loss of evidence necessary for their defense. Also, a lawyer could help you avoid missing work or school to appear for unnecessary court dates.
But my prosecutor says he will offer me probation if I plead no contest (nolo)?
A No Contest (nolo) plea is a conviction. A No Contest Plea is punished in the same manner as a Guilty Plea for many charges. Furthermore, you face all of the penalties mentioned above despite your No Contest Plea. You should speak with a misdemeanor defense lawyer before agreeing to any of these penalties.
How can a misdemeanor conviction impact my future?
A misdemeanor conviction could impact future employment, admissions into the armed services, student aid applications, drivers licenses, and more. In addition, a misdemeanor conviction could be used against you in family law or restraining order hearings.
Another factor to consider with misdemeanor convictions is their impact on any future run-in with the law. Courts will use previous convictions to sentence you more harshly for future offenses.
Can a misdemeanor impact my immigration status?
Yes. You could be immediately deported if you are undocumented and accused of a misdemeanor. If you are here lawfully, a misdemeanor conviction can prevent any renewals or applications for citizenship.
Misdemeanor convictions can have serious consequences. You don’t have to face them alone. Contact our office today for a consultation and to discuss what we can do to protect your rights and your future.