Misdemeanor Criminal Defense
In California, criminal offenses are classified as: infractions, misdemeanors or felonies. Misdemeanors carry a punishment of less than 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. If a defendant is convicted of a misdemeanor, either by a plea or a jury trial, the court can impose informal probation with or without jail time, community service, counseling, restitution, fines and protection orders. A misdemeanor conviction also results in the person having a permanent criminal record.
Misdemeanor criminal offenses
Bad checks, child endangerment, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, domestic violence, drunk in public, DUI/DUID, evading a police officer, loitering, petty theft, resisting arrest, trespass and vandalism are common misdemeanors. Although the consequences are less severe than a felony, a misdemeanor conviction of any kind can affect eligibility for professional licenses, child custody, food stamps, student loans, ruin a person’s job prospects or lead to deportation. A misdemeanor may make you ineligible for public housing or may prevent certain international travel.
E. Wicker Law Office takes each case seriously with full attention to every possible defense. As with any case, diligent preparation is essential. The police investigation, negotiations with the District Attorney, arraignment and pretrial motions all present an opportunity for the defense to be heard. Misdemeanor cases have a right to a jury trial and a speedy trial. At each stage of the process it is important to have an experienced criminal law attorney.