In the state of California, when an individual allegedly commits a criminal offense it will be classified either as an infraction, misdemeanor, or felony. An infraction is the least serious, while felonies are extremely serious; misdemeanors fall in the middle. However, because you are charged with a misdemeanor offense does not mean you will not face serious punishment if convicted. At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles misdemeanor defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting you not only from harsh criminal penalties, but the damage to your reputation and career which may result from a conviction.
While a felony offense may leave an individual facing substantial fines and any number of years to life in prison depending on the circumstances, a misdemeanor offense typically carries penalties which may include fines of up to $1,000 and less than one year in jail. Having a criminal record can affect your current career, and make it difficult to secure employment in the future.Misdemeanor Criminal Law Firm in Los Angeles
When arrested or charged with a misdemeanor offense, it is important to consult with a lawyer who will take the time to discuss your case and the evidence against you thoroughly, so that the best course of legal action can be determined for reaching positive results.
Some of the most common crimes charged as misdemeanors include vandalism, trespassing, disorderly conduct, and various drug crimes. In Los Angeles and throughout California, misdemeanors are often categorized as "standard" or "aggravated" (also referred to as "gross") misdemeanors. Standard misdemeanor offenses include being drunk in public and petty theft. Gross or "aggravated" misdemeanors may include first, second, and third offense driving under the influence, domestic battery, and driving on a suspended license.
In addition, some misdemeanors are what are known as "wobbler" offenses, that is they may be prosecuted either as a misdemeanor or felony at his or her discretion. Wobbler crimes include elder abuse, assault with a deadly weapon, and brandishing a weapon, although this list is not all-inclusive.Misdemeanor Sentencing in California
Whether you plead guilty to a misdemeanor offense or are found guilty by a jury, sentencing may include jail time, community service, restitution, fines, counseling, informal probation, physical labor, and more. If convicted, you will have a permanent criminal record which will negatively impact many aspects of your life.Contact The Justice Firm now
Many people mistakenly believe that being convicted of a misdemeanor is no big deal - it is. Most are serious charges and result in consequences which are far-reaching. For instance, if your career requires a professional license, it may be ruined. You may be unable to obtain a loan, secure employment, or rent property. A criminal record truly is a black mark on your life.
Our Los Angeles misdemeanor defense lawyers urge you not to face these types of charges without legal guidance and support. At The Justice Firm, we provide vigorous and effective representation, working to defend you against a conviction and the resulting criminal penalties. Contact us now for a free consultation at 310-914-2444.