Crimes that are regarded as less serious are referred to as “misdemeanors.” A misdemeanor usually is punishable by a fine or by incarceration in a local jail for a period of less than one year. Being accused of a misdemeanor—not to mention being convicted of one—can cause a major disruption in the life of the accused.
As a rule, the penalties and other consequences of a misdemeanor conviction are less severe than those of a felony conviction. Not only do the imposed jail sentences tend to be shorter, but the broader consequences are not as dramatic. Usually, a person who has a misdemeanor conviction on his or her record may still vote, serve on a jury, and practice his or her profession. Canan Law attorneys may, in some cases, be able to plead down a felony to a misdemeanor, which will not only minimize the imposed punishment, but also lessen the consequences for the future. Misdemeanors may not carry the same threat of severe punishment and lifelong consequences as felonies, but a misdemeanor conviction can nonetheless be costly in both financial and personal terms. If you or someone you know is facing misdemeanor charges, contact Canan Law.