After being arrested for a misdemeanor criminal offense, you may think you can handle the charges on your own because you believe they are not that serious. However, there is no such thing as a minor criminal offense. Whether you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor, a conviction can result in negative long-term consequences, such as jail time, fines, and a permanent record. Hiring a lawyer for a misdemeanor can benefit your case in many ways.
Criminal offenses fall into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is considered a lesser offense, whereas a felony is a more serious crime.In Arizona, there are three levels of misdemeanors:
If a misdemeanor does not expressly provide a specific class, the default is a class 2 misdemeanor.
No matter what class of misdemeanor you are charged with, it is beneficial to you and your case to hire a lawyer.Three reasons to hire a lawyer for a misdemeanor charge are:
Misdemeanors can carry serious penalties, including a jail sentence, fines, and probation, and have the possibility of going to trial. Hiring a good attorney can help you avoid a trial by negotiating with prosecutors and getting you the best possible plea agreement. An attorney can also identify any problems with your case, lowering your penalties.
In addition to the penalties associated with a misdemeanor, a criminal conviction will also end up on your permanent record. A conviction will negatively impact many aspects of your life, making it difficult to obtain employment and apply for housing. Because of this, it is extremely important that you retain an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer to help you avoid conviction or get your record expunged to erase prior convictions.
Being charged with a misdemeanor does not automatically mean you are guilty. Pleading guilty without the help of a lawyer denies you the opportunity to challenge the charges against you, which can result in the maximum penalties held against you. An attorney can investigate your arrest, collect evidence, and develop a strong defense strategy to help you receive the best outcome for your case.
If you have been charged with any class of misdemeanor in Arizona, contact Grabb & Durando to make the most of your case. Our Tucson criminal defense attorneys have helped countless Arizonans with criminal cases get positive outcomes.