Crimes are broken down into two distinct categories: felonies and misdemeanors.
While felonies consist of more serious offenses and are subject to harsher
penalties, misdemeanors are often considered to be less serious offenses
and are subject to less severe penalties.
If you’re facing a misdemeanor charge, you may be wondering if it
would be worthwhile to hire a
criminal defense attorney to represent you or not. While the criminal consequences for
felonies are far more serious compared to misdemeanors, you can still
face criminal penalties that can have a negative impact on your life.
The following are several reasons why it is a good idea to hiring a lawyer
if you’re facing a misdemeanor charge:
You still face criminal penalties – Depending on the charge, defendants can face a range of severe
short- and long-term consequences. Misdemeanors can still threaten your
future by exposing you to the risk of incarceration. Those who are convicted
are commonly penalized by fines and additional repercussions, such as
probation, community service, court-ordered classes, and even driver’s
You face having a criminal record – Having a criminal record can limit professional and personal opportunities
in the future. Employers may be hesitant to hire someone who has previously
committed a crime, even though it is only a misdemeanor. Additionally,
having a criminal record can impact your ability to secure suitable housing
or get admitted into a university.
Public defenders can only do so much – If you choose not to hire a private attorney, you have the right
to work with a public defender. Keep in mind, you do not have the ability
to choose who represents you. Additionally, public defenders typically
have a huge caseload and are underfunded, meaning they may not have the
proper time and resources to build an effective defense for your case.
An experienced, skilled criminal defense attorney can make a significant
difference in the outcome of your case. Although many people do not take
misdemeanors seriously, they absolutely must. Any type of criminal charge
can result in a lengthy jail sentence, costly fines, and will ultimately
stain your public record. A lawyer can investigate your arrest, gather
and evaluate evidence, seek the help of expert witnesses, and build a
strong defense strategy to either get your case dismissed, obtain a “not
guilty” verdict at trial, or substantially reduce your charges.
Schedule a free consultation with our College Station criminal defense attorney at
The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C. today.