A misdemeanor refers to a charge that is considered a lesser offense than a felony. If there are extenuating circumstances, however, there are cases where a misdemeanor conviction may result in severe punishments that are more typical of felony crimes.
Many people have the impression that because misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, your case is not that important in the short or long term. This is not accurate. While penalties in misdemeanor cases tend to be less serious than felonies, you could still face jail time, stiff fines, community service, loss of employment, difficulty in gaining admission to college, challenges in getting loans, and the loss of your driving license.
A Misdemeanor Can Significantly Impact Your Life
The consequences for being convicted of a misdemeanor can continue to impact your life long after the crime. While the ramifications may pale in comparison to felony charges, they are still far-reaching. If you have been charged, it is important that you protect your rights by working with the right attorney to handle and defend the criminal case that you are facing.
There are a wide range of misdemeanors in Maryland and the District of Columbia, including:
- Domestic violence offenses
- Assault & battery
- Misdemeanor sexual abuse
- Drug possession
- Violations of probation
- Theft and shoplifting offenses
- Driving with a suspended license
- Driving under the influence
A criminal defense lawyer should be prepared to evaluate all the facts of your case and to work towards the best possible outcome for you. In some situations, this outcome may include dismissed charges or reduced penalties, depending on the circumstances of your case. In any case, it is extremely important to have an aggressive, experienced, and responsive criminal defense attorney on your side.
Do not assume that a misdemeanor charge will not affect your life for years to come. Protect your rights and by having an attorney represent you as soon as you have been charged with a misdemeanor. Contact Justin A. Okezie, Esq. at (202) 257-8308 to schedule a consultation today.