Do You Need an Attorney to Fight a Misdemeanor Charge?
Many people who find themselves charged with misdemeanors in Salt Lake City or other areas of Utah make a critical mistake very early in their ordeal. They assume that since the charges are less serious than felonies, they do not need to retain legal counsel. They presume that they can handle the misdemeanor themselves, without the expense of a real attorney. But while misdemeanors tend to carry less severe penalties than felonies, those penalties are still serious ones. And if you have a clean criminal record, you may be surprised to learn the extent to which a simple misdemeanor conviction can complicate your life. If you or a loved one faces misdemeanor charges in Utah, Colorado or Nebraska, do not go it alone. Contact the Law Offices of Carl N. Anderson, III, PLLCtoday.
Types of misdemeanors
Misdemeanors, like felonies, are divided into classes based on severity. Class A misdemeanors are the most serious and Class C are the least.
Common Class A misdemeanors
- Negligent homicide
- Child abuse
- Assault that causes serious injury
- Violation of a protective order
- Theft between $500 and $1,500
Common Class B misdemeanors
- Assault that does not cause serious injury
- Marijuana possession
- Domestic violence
- Driving without insurance
- Reckless driving
Common Class C misdemeanors
- Public intoxication
- Traffic violations
- Driving with a suspended license
- Disorderly conduct
Penalties remain severe
While misdemeanors are, by definition, less severe crimes than felonies, they still carry serious penalties, including the possibility of heavy fines and jail time. Even if you are charged with what you consider a minor offense, your first step should be to hire an experienced criminal lawyer who practices in the jurisdiction where you are charged. When facing the criminal justice system, what you do not know can certainly hurt you.
A criminal attorney fighting for the rights of all of his clients
Even simple misdemeanor charges can lead to complex trials and serious penalties. Carl N. Anderson, III has the experience you need to fight any criminal charge in the states of Utah, Nebraska or Colorado. Contact the Law Offices of Carl N. Anderson, III, PLLC today, at (801) 997-9534, to arrange a free consultation about your case.
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