A misdemeanor is a less serious crime, such as minor theft or public intoxication. The punishment for a misdemeanor is generally a fine or a short incarceration in a local jail. Typically, misdemeanors do not lead to an indictment or the convening of a grand jury, although some cases may be treated more seriously, as the same action can lead to a misdemeanor or a felony charge. In some states, defendants are not entitled to a court-appointed attorney when charged with a misdemeanor. Some states have set up courts specifically to handle misdemeanor cases, with less formal procedures. A lawyer with experience in criminal defense can advise you on the procedures in your state. While a misdemeanor charge is less serious, conviction can still cause large difficulties for an individual who becomes a defendant. Persons charged with a misdemeanor should still get the counsel and assistance of a criminal defense attorney.
The penalties for a misdemeanor conviction are often less severe than felony penalties. This means more than simply smaller fines or less jail time. Persons convicted of a misdemeanor can usually still vote, serve on juries, and practice their job. A felony conviction makes all of these much less likely. In some instances, a defense attorney can negotiate to have a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor in order to reduce the punishment and future consequences of conviction.
The possibly serious consequences of a misdemeanor conviction mean that you should consult immediately with an experienced criminal defense attorney, should you be charged with a misdemeanor.
Contact a Iowa juvenile criminal defense (misdemeanor, probation, parole, possession, CINA) lawyer representing clients in Newton, Iowa today to schedule your initial consultation.
You should also keep in mind that some crimes may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In many states, marijuana possession is a misdemeanor, while possession of the same amount is a felony in other states. An assault can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor, depending on whether it causes lasting injury.
A traffic violation can become a misdemeanor or even a felony if it leads to injury or property damage.
If you would like to schedule an initial consultation contact an Iowa criminal defense attorney (theft, burglary, sex crimes , marijuana or methamphetamines), representing clients in Newton, Iowa at the Lipman Law Firm. Give us a call at (515) 276-3411 after hours (515) 778-5623 or.complete our inquiry form.