Misdemeanors generally carry less severe penalties than felonies. However, they can still have very serious consequences. Therefore, an aggressive defense is required. If a misdemeanor charge results in a conviction, it can result in a jail sentence of up to one year and large fines.
A misdemeanor conviction can also have a negative impact on your professional and personal life because it results in a criminal record. Furthermore, a misdemeanor may be charged as a felony depending on the seriousness of the crime and/ or whether you have a prior criminal record.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor, it is imperative that you do not attempt to represent yourself. Your first step should be to find an experienced criminal defense attorney you can trust. In many cases, your attorney can appear for you in court; your personal appearance is not required. Once you hire an attorney, he or she should then discuss the charges and the facts of your case with the prosecutor and the judge and seek a dismissal of the charges. If the particular facts of your case do not warrant a dismissal, your attorney should then present the best defense possible to get your charges reduced or proceed to trial. If it is determined that you should plead guilty, or if a trial results in a guilty verdict, your attorney should strive to ensure that your sentence is minimized and negotiate alternatives to jail time.
Our trial attorneys have extensive experience in representing individuals who have been charged with misdemeanors and felonies. We take all charges very seriously and work diligently to dismiss your charges or minimize the consequences of the unfortunate situation you are currently forced to endure. Our goal is to resolve your situation as favorably as the particular facts of your case will allow, and to get you back into the position you were in before the alleged crime occurred.
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KATHERINE E. LOTHROP
DISCLAIMER: The Law Office of Katherine E. Lothrop specializes in criminal defense matters, while vigorously defending clients throughout Northern California to include the following counties: Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado, Yolo, Yuba, Sutter, Solano and San Joaquin. This firm does not make any claims, promises or guarantees as to the information provided herein, as applied to the specific facts and circumstances of each individual case. The information provided throughout this website contains general information only, and should not be construed as a substitute for individualized advice from competent legal counsel.
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