Ventura Misdemeanor Defense Attorney
How Misdemeanors Differ From Other Criminal Charges
A person can be charged with a number of different types of crimes, depending on the particular crime that is committed. Misdemeanor charges lie between infractions, which require only fines, and federal crimes which typically include extensive prison sentences, substantial fines and other penalties. Like infractions, misdemeanor convictions may impose fines of up to $2,000 in some cases. Similar to felonies although not as severe, misdemeanor convictions may also levy jail time of up to one year.
Some common misdemeanors include trespassing, DUI, shoplifting, probation violations and others. Under no circumstances should misdemeanor charges be taken lightly. Fines can grow to be quite significant, and serving time in county jail can have a tremendous negative impact on one's family life or prospects for steady employment. Additional penalties include probation, community service and others which can have a serious impact as well. Those who face misdemeanor convictions should seek a highly-qualified criminal defense lawyer with veteran-level experience in misdemeanor representation for the best chance at avoiding these consequences.