It Depends: Misdemeanors in Arizona
People often fail to comprehend the high degree of stress that accompanies being charged with a misdemeanor until they experience it for themselves. They may assume that their innocence will be self-evident, or that nothing bad will happen to them if they cooperate with the police. In reality, if you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you could be looking at significant jail time, a hefty fine, and a debilitating mark on your permanent record. Even if you are found not guilty, you will probably have expended a considerable amount of time and money in the process.
If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor, you need an experienced attorney to act in your defense. Attorney Robert Newell has served as a criminal defense attorney since 2010. He understands that being charged with a crime does not mean that you are guilty. Robert has experience navigating the many ins and out of the legal system. He can help you better understand your situation and determine the best way to form a strong and effective defense.
What is a Misdemeanor?
Generally, any crime more serious than an infraction but less serious than a felony is considered to be a misdemeanor. There are many classifications of misdemeanors, so it is important for you to understand the relative seriousness of the charges against you. If you don’t understand what you’re up against or what to expect, it can cause heightened anxiety, fear and stress at the worst possible time.
What are Some Examples of Misdemeanors?
The degree of severity varies widely between the different classes of misdemeanors. Class 3 misdemeanors are the most minor. They include examples such as loitering, underage drinking, and being a public nuisance. Class 2 misdemeanors are more severe and include examples such as reckless driving, vandalism, and criminal speeding. The most egregious misdemeanors are Class 1, which include crimes like petty theft, perjury, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
How Serious is a Misdemeanor?
It depends. Some people may assume that a misdemeanor is only a minor offense just because it is not a felony. Even though Class 3 misdemeanors may be considered the lowest criminal offense, they can still sometimes carry severe penalties, including upwards of $500 in fines and fees, up to 30 days in jail, and a year of probation. For Class 2 misdemeanors, the fines increase to around $750, with 2 years of probation and a maximum of four months in jail. If you’re found guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, you could pay upwards of $2,500 in fines and fees, spend up to 6 months in jail, and be placed on probation for 3 years.
Why Do I Need A Lawyer?
As attorney Robert Newell warns, “the State will bring all of its vast power to bear against those it accuses of a crime, so it is important to have an experienced professional to guide you through this nightmare.” Don’t assume that cooperating with the police will prove your innocence! If you’ve been charged with a crime, the State will try to prove you are guilty.
Remember that you have the right to remain silent. It is important to have an experienced attorney on your side at every step of the process. An attorney will help you understand your options so you can avoid the many pitfalls that may come with complex legal matters. Contact us today to set up a consultation with a member of our experienced legal team.
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Having a criminal conviction on your record can change your life forever. If you have been accused of a crime, then you definitely need to seek representation by a skilled criminal attorney. Our experienced attorneys will ensure you receive the representation that you need. Contact us today to set up a consultation with a member of our experienced legal team.