At LeavenLaw, the team of
criminal defense attorneys provides a high quality service for clients facing all types
of criminal charges, including misdemeanors and
felonies. Misdemeanor crimes are categorized in the first and second degree. Second
degree misdemeanor charges generally have a maximum sentence of 60 days
and a fine up to $500, while misdemeanors in the first degree may have
a sentence up to a year in jail and a fine of $1,000. Several examples
of a first degree misdemeanor charge can include the first offense of
DUI and possibly minor shoplifting charges.
Consequences if Sentenced
While these types of charges may seem minor and not harmful to your criminal
record, it is important for you to begin working with a St Petersburg
criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. A misdemeanor conviction
can result in serious criminal consequences, including imprisonment for
up to a year. Even after the sentence has been served, a person may still
face other types of ramifications associated with the offense.
After the sentence has been completed, a person may come back to their
job to find out that they have been terminated for going to jail and being
convicted of a crime. Without a job and with fines and court fees to pay
off, a person may face financial hardship after the conviction. As such,
having a misdemeanor defense lawyer working on your case as soon as possible
will prove to be extremely beneficial for the outcome of your case.
Before facing your criminal charges in court, talk to an attorney from
our office. We are experienced in the area of criminal law and truly understand
the difficulties in being charged with a misdemeanor offense. We will
do our best to ensure that your rights are protected and that your case
is handled in an effective and appropriate manner.