Misdemeanor charges must be taken seriously because you run the risk of jail and a misdemeanor conviction can remain on your record for life. When you are being prosecuted criminally for a misdemeanor crime, you want an experienced and aggressive Fresno criminal attorney to protect your interests.
A misdemeanor offense is punishable by maximum confinement of 364 days in county jail and severe monetary fines. Misdemeanor defendants are guaranteed certain rights, including the right to a competent criminal attorney and the right to a jury trial.
Misdemeanor cases can take several months and maybe years due to the complexity of the cases. Although the punishment is not a prison sentence, these charges can lead to a jail sentence and must be defended. Anyone charged with a misdemeanor crime needs to retain an aggressive misdemeanor attorney to help defend the criminal charges.
After the arrest or investigation, the police officer will write a report, which details the officer’s version of the events. This report will be used to prosecute the accused. The report rarely gives all the details, especially when those facts would assist the suspect.
Anyone accused of a crime is not entitled to a copy of the police report because it may contain witnesses’ names and other relevant information that may lead to the witnesses’ identity. Once a report is prepared by the officer, the department will forward the report to the prosecutor to determine if charges will be filed.
A criminal complaint is a charging document that names a defendant and contains a short statement of essential facts about an alleged crime. When a complaint is filed with the Court, it formally begins the criminal process. At this stage, many constitutional rights attached, including the right to an attorney and the right not to testify against yourself.
Once a complaint is filed and the case proceeds to court, a defense attorney will be able to obtain a copy of all discovery the prosecutor intends to use against the defendant, as well as any evidence that may exonerate the defendant.
For most misdemeanor cases in Fresno, the judges will allow us to appear on your behalf so your appearance is not required. As a consequence, you are able to go to work or school while a criminal defense attorney handles the case on your behalf.
Even when our Fresno misdemeanor lawyer appears for you on your misdemeanor case, we will thoroughly explain the criminal process and the possible outcomes to make sure you are informed all the way through your misdemeanor case.
Many times, the criminal courts are pleased that an experienced criminal attorney is representing the client. The misdemeanor courts do not have to explain everything to the defendant because they know you have an experienced attorney on your side. In most cases, when facing criminal charges, you will fare much better if a reputable misdemeanor lawyer is appearing compared to a criminal defendant that show up to court on their own. There are numerous alternatives to a conviction, including military diversion and alternative sentencing, so it is impoartant to discuss your options with a knowledgeable lawyer before entering any plea.
There are hundreds of misdemeanor cases, and all misdemeanors are defensible. If you are convicted of any of these crimes, you will be placed on misdemeanor probation for up to five years. You can also face jail, alcohol programs, AA meetings, community work, community service, and you will have a misdemeanor conviction on your criminal record.
Some of the most common types of misdemeanor cases are:
Misdemeanor crimes in Fresno carry severe penalties, even if you do not have a criminal record. At the Law Offices of Tina M. Barberi, PC, we have great success in having charges dismissed, reduced to infractions, and not guilty verdicts when our clients are facing misdemeanor offenses in Fresno.
Even if you feel that you are guilty of the misdemeanor crimes against you, it does not hurt to speak to a lawyer that handles misdemeanor charges. We can take proactive measures to keep you from receiving a harsh sentence and a conviction on your record. Call today for a free consultation to discuss your misdemeanor case.