Criminal Defense Attorney
Typically thought of as a lesser charge, misdemeanors can actually carry a heavier price than many people realize. These types of crimes may not be as highly penalized as a felony, but they can still land high fines and jail time. When you do obtain a criminal record, it is not just the sentencing that you will have to endure. Those charges affect numerous areas of your life. Often that includes loved ones such as family members and friends. A criminal charge can also mean that in the future when you look to enroll in schooling or gain employment your criminal record can be brought up in a background search. Defending against misdemeanor charges is important and an attorney Koehler & Associates can help.
Charged With a Misdemeanor
A few examples of misdemeanor criminal offenses in NC are Driving While Licensed Revoked, Simple Assault, Trespassing, Simple Drug Possession, etc. Some crimes can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony, such as a DWI or traffic offense, and the seriousness of the situation will determine what it is charged as. While a misdemeanor will typically carry a smaller sentencing, it does not mean you are always off the hook regarding jail time. Misdemeanors are broken up into classes in North Carolina, and each of these classes can carry different punishments.
Misdemeanors will often involve financial costs as well as supervised and/or unsupervised probation. Probation can include drug testing, mental evaluation and mandatory monthly meetings with a probation officer. These types of punishments are often left up to the discretion of a judge to decide. For those that are first time offenders, they may be allowed to enter into a deferred prosecution agreement in which they must adhere to certain guidelines such as taking an alcohol education program. After the time they are ordered to carry out these conditions is over, they will return to court. If they have completed all of the steps they were told to finish, then their case will be dismissed by the district attorney.
Misdemeanor Defense in North Carolina
Misdemeanor cases do not go to trial quite as often felonies, but it is still important to have an attorney present whether your case does or doesn’t make it to trial. We can help in protecting your rights guaranteed to you by the Constitution. We are involved in all negotiation proceedings, case investigation and trial strategy.
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