Don’t Be Fooled: A Misdemeanor Is Still a Serious Charge

Many people are not fully aware of the consequences of a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor conviction–in particular, a violent or drug-related offense–can carry severe punishments and have a profound effect on your life. Sometimes people do not think this type of charge is serious, as they can only pay a decent fine and spend one or two nights in prison. However, a misdemeanor remains on your public record for the remainder of your life. However, a defense lawyer can help you tremendously to get the charges reduced or even dropped.

Misdemeanor vs Felony

While most people consider felony offenses to be more serious, misdemeanors are also deemed to be serious crimes. The main difference between a misdemeanor and a felony is the possible criminal sentence the accused person can earn. People accused of a misdemeanor can still be arrested. This imprisonment usually lasts for up to one year, although the accused may face more than one year’s imprisonment depending on the situation.

Another crucial distinction between a felony and a misdemeanor conviction is the amount of the fine. In either case, the accused may be required to pay penalties for their illegal activities and judicial costs. Fines associated with felony convictions are, however, usually higher.

Consequences of Misdemeanor Charges

Criminal Record

Defendants arrested of any criminal act or violation will have a criminal record, no matter how serious it is. This record is going to follow them anywhere. If the person is consequently acquitted of another crime, the defendant can be regarded as a repeat offender. Even if he or she is totally innocent of this second charge, it may be strongly advised that he or she do not testify in court if this record can be made.

A criminal record can often prevent some employers who have blanket policies from hiring someone with a criminal history. Some businesses may have policies prohibiting applicants with certain types of criminal convictions, such as fraud, dishonesty, robbery, or violence. Even a misdemeanor can lead to a refusal of one’s application, which potentially impedes the defendant’s potential income and career advancement.

For younger people convicted of a misdemeanor, colleges can deny admission. Additionally, future landlords may find the record when checking the background of an applicant and may refuse residence.

Your Licenses

Even if you have a motor violation or other traffic tickets, it can have a major impact on the defendant. For instance, a person may have his or her license taken away after several driving points have been accumulated. Additionally, a criminal record may affect an individual’s professional license.

Several jobs require people to maintain certain professional standards, including public offices, teachers, nurses, lawyers, and fiduciary positions. The person may be obligated to report this relevant information to the professional licensing board and may be subject to suspension, revocation, or non-renewal.

Seek Legal Assistance

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, it’s important to understand your rights and the consequences of a potential conviction. If you have any questions about misdemeanor charges, please contact us at (305) 667-4481.

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