Misdemeanor offenses tend to be less serious breaches of criminal law, such as simple assault, drug possession, theft, or shoplifting. Misdemeanor offenses may also include driving under the influence (DUI), disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of an open container of alcohol, unlawful entry ("trespassing",) passing a bad check ("uttering",) and certain nuisance offenses such as public intoxication. In many jurisdictions, misdemeanor offenses are punishable by no more than 12 months of imprisonment, a period of probation, and/or fines. In addition to any punishment, however, the record of even a misdemeanor conviction may have significant consequences on one's employment, security clearance, and/or professional license.
Whether one is charged with misdemeanor or felony offenses, we recognize the seriousness of every accusation and the far-reaching consequences that such allegations may have on one's life. If you are under investigation for any charge or have already been charged with an offense, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to advise you of your rights and begin work immediately to assist in your defense.