Don’t Underestimate Misdemeanor Offenses
Being charged with a misdemeanor may sound like a slap on the wrist, but it is often more serious than you might think. The unfortunate fact is that a criminal record of any sort can negatively impact your life for years after your sentence has been completed (in areas such as housing and employment). Moreover, a misdemeanor conviction on your criminal record could mean that if you are ever charged with another offense, that offense could be charged as a felony because of your history.
The bottom line is simple: Take all criminal charges seriously and seek skilled representation. Here in southern Indiana, the criminal defense firm to call is VanLeeuwen Law, LLC.
An Overview Of Misdemeanor Charges
Misdemeanors subject an individual to the possibility of jail time, fines and other consequences. Many low-level drug offenses and petty crimes are charged as misdemeanors. In Indiana, misdemeanors are divided into three types: A, B and C. Class C misdemeanors are the lowest of these and carry with them a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and a fine up to $500. An example of a Class C misdemeanor is a first offense of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Class B misdemeanors carry with them a penalty of 180 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000. An example of a class B misdemeanor is disorderly conduct.
By comparison, a Class A misdemeanor carries the possibility of a penalty of up to one year in jail and up to $5,000 in fines. An example of a Class A Misdemeanor is certain types of dealing in marijuana.
Don’t Wait To Speak With An Experienced Attorney
If you’re facing a misdemeanor or any other criminal charge, it is important to act quickly. From our office in Martinsville, our firm is proud to serve clients throughout southern and south-central Indiana. To arrange your initial consultation, call us at 765-999-9142 or fill out our online contact form.