While you may not have been charged with a felony, a misdemeanor can still be a serious offense for the following reasons:
The first thing to know is not all misdemeanors are the same. Some may have lesser penalties, while others may carry jail time and fines similar to a felony. For instance, some misdemeanors in California can be punishable with up to a year in prison. Here are some examples of crimes charged as misdemeanors in California:
Thus, while the name of the alleged crime may not sound as serious, the punishment can certainly change a defendant’s life.
Regardless, an attorney can help you through the criminal justice system when you face misdemeanor charges. Your lawyer could help you make the best decision on how to deal with these charges. An attorney can help you at the very beginning of your case. For instance, some misdemeanors can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Your attorney may be able to work with the prosecutor to ensure that your case is charged as a misdemeanor.
Misdemeanor defendants generally have two courses of action. They can fight the charges or plead guilty. If your choice is the latter, your attorney may be able to work with prosecutors to receive a lesser sentence. You may even be able to enter a diversion program for certain misdemeanors. For example, some lesser penalties can include:
When your attorney works with the prosecutor, they may even be able to get the charges reduced to the lesser category of an infraction. However, you need an attorney who knows how to talk to prosecutors, knowing that they can and will defend you in court if necessary.
Of course, your attorney will give you legal advice based on your own unique situation, recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to a misdemeanor charge. Prosecutors do not view each misdemeanor charge the same way, and neither should your defense attorney.
Your attorney will not only assist you in dealing with and defending the current charge, but will also consider how a misdemeanor conviction would affect you in the future. At the same time, they will review the evidence against you and help you mount the strongest possible defense to the charges.
At DeLimon Law, we are experienced in assisting our clients in defending all types of misdemeanor cases. As a former prosecutor, attorney Daniel DeLimon is familiar with how law enforcement thinks and uses his knowledge for his clients’ benefit. Call us today at (951) 777-9104 or contact us online for your free initial consultation.
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