Should I Hire an Attorney for a Misdemeanor?
It’s just a misdemeanor; do I really need an attorney? This is a common – but misguided – refrain. A misdemeanor is a crime that will appear on your permanent record, that can carry harsh fines and penalties, and that can affect your future. The short answer is that – yes, you should hire an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney for a misdemeanor charge.
Why Having an Attorney in Your Corner Is the Best Path Forward
There is a wide range of reasons why you are far better off with professional legal counsel on your side than you are without it, but the primary reasons include the following:
- Your attorney will help you better understand the charge against you, the implications of a conviction, and how best to navigate the criminal justice system – protecting your legal rights along the way. This includes helping to ensure you don’t incriminate yourself.
- Your attorney will begin by attempting to have the charge against you either dismissed or reduced in an effort to ensure that you avoid jail time to the extent possible.
- Your attorney will fight to ensure that you avoid a criminal record, which may include an expungement that allows the arrest and charge to be set aside.
- Your attorney will build your strongest defense and will be well prepared to take your case to trial if that’s the course it takes.
Points to Consider
When it comes to misdemeanor charges, there are several important points every defendant should carefully consider, including:
- There are three levels of misdemeanor charges in Michigan that carry maximum sentences of 93 days in jail, one year in jail, and up to two years in prison, respectively. In other words, a misdemeanor conviction can land you behind bars.
- While plea deals and diversion programs can be beneficial, this isn’t always the case. Ultimately, these amount to admissions of guilt – in exchange for better outcomes.
- A misdemeanor charge on your record means you are not eligible for federal student loans – which can dash your dreams of pursuing higher education. It can also limit your housing options in terms of both renting and obtaining a home loan, can interfere with your job opportunities, and can affect the professional licensure you already have.
If you’re facing a misdemeanor charge, it’s time to consult with a dedicated criminal defense attorney.
Turn to an Experienced Michigan Criminal Defense Attorney for the Help You Need
While criminal charges don’t reach the level of felony charges, you shouldn’t allow this to lull you into a false sense of security. The negative consequences of a conviction are all too real and can haunt your future. The formidable criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Bradley J. Friedman – with offices in Farmington Hills, St. Clair Shores, and Redford – have a wealth of imposing experience helping clients facing misdemeanor charges obtain favorable outcomes that uphold their legal rights and support their brightest futures.
Bradley Friedman’s background as a prosecutor drives his commitment to fiercely advocating for the accused. Learn more about what we can do to help you by contacting us today.