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Misdemeanor Criminal Charges

Being charged with any crime, whether "just a misdemeanor" or a felony requires the skill of an experienced defense lawyer to help navigate through the legal system. Misdemeanor charges can carry up to one year in jail, substantial fines and penalties,  require community service, counseling, temporary loss of licenses, in addition to job loss, embarrassment and loss of time with your family.  While the consequences for misdemeanor convictions are generally less severe than for felony convictions, it is not a good idea to try and save money and act on your own behalf. If a person is convicted of a misdemeanor, and successfully completes his or her sentence, that person may be able to serve on a jury, practice the professions, and vote. It is important to retain experience legal counsel to help minimize the impact of any misdemeanor charges.