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Misdemeanors aren't as serious as felonies, but must be defended

In our prior blog post, we discussed how there is a bill being considered that would make it a misdemeanor to record video of police officers who are doing their job duties if you are within 20 feet of the officer. That might have some people wondering exactly what it means to be charged with a misdemeanor.

A misdemeanor charge isn't as serious as a felony and misdemeanor convictions won't land a person in prison if they are convicted. If you are sentenced to a term of incarceration, you will likely spend that term in the county jail.

In most cases, the sentencing options for misdemeanor convictions aren't as serious as those for felony convictions. There are limits to the amount of time you can be sentenced to serve in jail if you are convicted of a misdemeanor.

The consequences of a misdemeanor conviction are not as deleterious as those for a felony. One big difference is that you aren't stigmatized as a felon because of a misdemeanor conviction. This means that you won't have a record that could bar you from certain jobs or other opportunities. While that is good news, there are still some jobs that you might not be able to get because of having even a misdemeanor conviction.

Even if you are only charged with a misdemeanor crime, you should still be prepared to present a defense. Making sure that you understand what the prosecution will be using in the case against you is one important step in your defense. Once you have that information, you can determine your options for crafting the best defense possible.

Source: FindLaw, "Misdemeanors," accessed Jan. 15, 2016

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