All to often, when an individual is accused, arrested, and charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense, the accused does not take it as seriously as they should. Any misdemeanor crime conviction may result in a term of incarceration in jail ranging from 1 day to a term not to exceed 365 days. The convicted party may also be subject to fines, terms of community service, a term of probation, court ordered community service, mandatory court imposed programs that must be paid for by the convicted party, and other penalties that the criminal court judge has the authority to impose upon you. Some misdemeanor crime convictions may also affect your driving privileges.
If you have been accused, arrested, or charged with a misdemeanor crime, it is highly advised that you seek experienced legal counsel so that you are made fully aware of your legal rights, options, and potential remedies that may be available in defense of the misdemeanor charges you are facing.
It is also important that you realize that being found guilty of a misdemeanor crime gives you a permanent criminal record, unless you are eligible to have your criminal record sealed or expunged.
With criminal history showing up whenever you are in a situation where a background check is conducted, a criminal record may sometimes prove to be a roadblock in many areas of your life, such as:
When arrested for a misdemeanor crime, you have rights that must be protected. You have the right to have competent legal counsel present your side of the events in question in an effort to prove your innocence. Your legal counsel may also negotiate on your behalf to have the charges dropped, reduced, to allow you to enter into a plea deal or diversion program when available, and to negotiate for probation instead of jail or prison time.
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