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Should I Hire an Attorney for a Misdemeanor?

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Being charged with a misdemeanor can be an overwhelming experience. You may be facing the loss of a job and a new criminal record. Additionally, you may be facing jail time or a fine. A misdemeanor doesn’t have the same consequences as a felony doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hire or interview a qualified legal support team.

At The VanNoy Law Firm, we understand the gravity of the situation and will work tirelessly to create the best possible defense for your case. We will do everything to ensure you have the best chance at a favorable outcome. 

What is a misdemeanor charge?

Misdemeanors are often defined as “lesser crimes.” These “lesser crimes” can be punished with a fine, probation, or incarceration in a local jail instead of imprisonment in a state or federal prison.  The most common misdemeanor crime in the United States is varied degrees of property damage, according to PEW Research.  Other common misdemeanors include the following:

  • DUI/OVI
  • Property damage
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Simple or minor assault
  • Criminal damage (if the value of the property damaged is less than $1000);
  • Petty theft (if the value stolen is less than $1000)
  • Vandalism
  • False reporting to law enforcement
  • Resisting arrest

While misdemeanors are not as severe as felonies, they can still have lasting consequences. A misdemeanor conviction can result in the loss of your job, your driver’s license, or right to vote. Additionally, a misdemeanor charge can appear on a background check, making it difficult to rent an apartment or get a loan. It is essential to take misdemeanor charges seriously and consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

The potential consequences of a conviction vary depending on the severity of the offense. There are different classes of misdemeanors. For example, a Class A misdemeanor is the most severe and is punishable by up to one year in jail. In contrast, an infraction is the most minor, severe type of offense and is typically punishable by a fine. Suppose you are facing a misdemeanor charge. In that case, it is essential to consult with an attorney to understand the specific laws in your jurisdiction and the potential consequences of a conviction. 

Why hire an attorney for a misdemeanor?

We know there are many reasons to hire an attorney, even if you have been charged with a less complex misdemeanor in Ohio. Despite that, an attorney can help you navigate through the charges against you and the possible consequences of a conviction. An attorney can also negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf and work to have the charges significantly reduced or dismissed altogether. 

If you go to trial, an attorney will provide skilled representation and advocate for your acquittal. Finally, an attorney can help you navigate the collateral consequences of a conviction and take steps to minimize the impact on your life. 

Call The VanNoy Law Firm to represent you during your misdemeanor case.

Do you need an experienced attorney to help you fight a misdemeanor? The VanNoy Firm is here to provide you with the best legal assistance possible. We have years of experience fighting cases just like yours, and we want to put that experience to work for you. 

Don’t go through this alone – let us help you. With our team of experienced attorneys on your side, you can feel confident that your case is in good hands. We will work tirelessly to get the best possible outcome for you. Contact us today for a consultation.

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