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Misdemeanor Offenses Attorney in Martinsville, Indiana

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.

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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 of 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 of 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 or fill out our online contact form.