Misdemeanor Crimes

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.