Minneapolis & St. Paul Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer
There is a wide range of offenses that are classified as misdemeanors. Disorderly conduct, traffic offenses, low-level assault, and some types of theft are just examples of offenses that are charged as misdemeanors. Although not as serious as gross misdemeanors or felonies, a misdemeanor offense is considered a crime and could subject you to jail time, fines, and probation. Being convicted of a crime could also result in difficulty finding a job, obtaining certain types of licenses, or working in specific fields. This is why it is important to contact a Minneapolis & St. Paul criminal defense lawyer who can aggressively defend you against a misdemeanor charge.
Charles Segal can execute an aggressive defense against misdemeanor charges to either minimize or eliminate the short-term and long-term effects a conviction can have.
Aggressive Defense Against Misdemeanor Charges
Misdemeanors are placed in three categories:
Petty misdemeanor – This is the lowest level misdemeanor and isn’t considered a crime, so it is sometimes handled out of court if it isn’t challenged. Some traffic tickets are considered petty misdemeanors and the consequences typically include a fine of up to $300 if convicted, and a mark on your permanent record. There is no jail time for petty misdemeanors. However, the minor nature of a petty misdemeanor doesn’t eliminate the need for representation due to the fact that some jobs and even landlords look for clean criminal records.
Misdemeanor – A misdemeanor is more serious than a petty misdemeanor in that it is handled in court and can involve up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines if convicted. Common misdemeanors include simple assault, simple theft, and a first offense DWI/DUI.
Gross Misdemeanor – A gross misdemeanor is just below a felony. Common gross misdemeanors are second DWI/DUI within a 10-year period, certain types of theft, and assault. The penalty is a $3,000 in fines and up to a year in jail.
Although a misdemeanor isn’t as serious as a felony, it is still possible for you to not have to pay the maximum penalty or any penalty. You don’t have to accept the charges against you. Instead, you can fight with the help of an experienced Minneapolis & St. Paul criminal defense lawyer.
Taking a Strategic Approach To Your Case
When you turn to Charles Segal to take on your case, you can count on a strategic and aggressive approach. The case gets the attention to detail that it deserves. The goal is to give you the representation that you deserve, to fight for your rights, and to help you have the best possible future.
Contact A Minneapolis & St. Paul Criminal Defense Lawyer
A misdemeanor may not seem like a major offense that requires the representation of a criminal attorney, but a misdemeanor can have an impact on your ability to find a job or rent a home or apartment. It is important to fight misdemeanor charges for the purpose of being able to move on with your life in the best way possible. To learn more about your rights and options, call Segal Defense, P.A. at 612-299-1110 to request a free consultation.