Misdemeanors are lesser crimes than felonies and carry somewhat lighter penalties. That said, a misdemeanor is still a crime. Misdemeanors can cause you to be sentenced to jail time and fines that can have a deleterious effect on your pocketbook, and you may be required to perform time-consuming community service, anger management or domestic violence classes, traffic school, or psychotherapy—at your own expense. While you’re not looking at years in prison, a misdemeanor conviction can seriously disrupt your life and leave you with a criminal record. Hiring an effective misdemeanor crimes attorney can help you avoid such results.
If you’re facing misdemeanor charges, you may be tempted to forego hiring an attorney, but this would probably not be in your best interest. You will have to explain your criminal record every time you apply for a job, a lease, or a mortgage. Your reputation may be permanently stained. For most people, that daunting prospect is not one they want to deal with. Hiring an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney may be the best decision you’ll ever make.
Misdemeanors are classified according to their seriousness, with Class 3 the least serious and Class 1 the most. Drug misdemeanors (DM) are a separate class of misdemeanor crimes.
What Crimes Are Charged as Misdemeanors?
We are experienced in vigorously defending all types of misdemeanor charges in Orange County and throughout Southern California. We have received dismissals, acquittals and favorable diversion agreements on behalf of our clients, helping our clients to minimize the effects of drug charges on their lives. We defend all types of California criminal charges, including:
Driving on a suspended license
Soliciting for an act of prostitution
Reckless driving California
Third Degree Assault
Careless Driving Resulting in Death
Careless Driving Resulting in Injury
Possession of small amounts of certain drugs
Drug possession, including marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine
Drug cultivation, such as growing marijuana
Drug trafficking, importing and/or transportation
Drug sales and distribution
Intent to distribute
Illegally obtaining/ selling prescription drugs, such as Oxycontin, hydrocodone and codeine
Manufacturing narcotics, such as having a meth lab
What Are the Penalties for Misdemeanor Crimes in California?
A misdemeanor is a crime carrying a possible penalty of up to one year in county jail. Many misdemeanors carry maximum penalties of six months in jail and a fine of up to $1000. Many other misdemeanors, however, have more severe punishments specified by California law.
Misdemeanors include crimes such as a first-time basic DUI offense, shoplifting, soliciting prostitution, certain domestic violence offenses, and others not considered serious enough to be charged as felonies.
Although misdemeanors are considered less serious than felonies when looking at the basic classification of crimes, they can have serious consequences for those convicted. In addition to up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1000, a convicted misdemeanor offender may be sentenced to community service, counseling, restitution for the victim, and probation. Moreover, a misdemeanor offense will appear on a convicted offender’s criminal record. If you are charged with a misdemeanor offense in California, you should seek the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight the charge or negotiate a sentence with the prosecutor. Depending on the circumstances of the offense and the evidence against you, an attorney may be able to keep you from spending time in jail.
The Right Lawyer for the Right Outcome
If you’re facing misdemeanor criminal charges, you clearly have a lot to lose. This is a time when you will benefit from hiring a criminal defense lawyer with a reputation for making misdemeanor charges go away, or at least for disposing of cases with the least amount of disruption and negative consequences to the client. Attorney Edgar Reynoso has 19 years of experience defending against all kinds of criminal accusations. As an experienced defense attorney former prosecutor, he enjoys a stellar reputation in the California and has earned the respect of judges, other lawyers, and former clients. He has earned the highest possible independent rating from AVVO—10 (superb) and is considered a star in the legal community because of his impressive track record in assisting his clients.
If you or a member of your family is facing misdemeanor charges in Orange County, call us for quality legal representation you can count on. The initial consultation is free.