With the many different reasons for needing an attorney, criminal charges are definitely where having an attorney on your side is in your better interest. Having an experienced lawyer representing your defense can truly impact the outcome of your case. When people get arrested for criminal charges, it is either considered a felony or a misdemeanor. A felony charge is far more serious, but because misdemeanors are not quite as severe as felonies, many first time offenders are left wondering if the expense of an attorney is necessary.
Do I Need a Lawyer for a Misdemeanor?
At Kajioka & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we are here to tell you that you definitely should retain a lawyer to represent in court and to discuss that topic as to why.
1) Avoid Doing Jail Time. Any time you are charged with a crime, misdemeanor or felony, it is serious. One of the differences between the two is the penalties, such as the number of years you are incarcerated if convicted. To avoid steep penalties and prison time, having an attorney represent you through your misdemeanor can make all the difference. When it comes to your legal obligations, having an experienced attorney offers a better chance of getting the sentence reduced if found guilty as well as getting the charges dropped than going it alone.
2) Criminal Record. A criminal record is generated by law enforcement agencies in your area. The entire process from start to finish is recorded in the event you are arrested. Many jurisdictions permit only non-conviction data to be expunged or erased at the conclusion of the criminal process. In other words, an attorney can help you avoid the arrest record if the case is dismissed or the charges are dropped, where as a conviction has to be documented. Having a seriously negative impact on your life for any type of crime, whether it is felony, summary or misdemeanor offenses, a permanent criminal record is established. Having such a blemish will keep you from attending some universities and colleges, limit your job choices, and keep you from having a military career. Because it damages your reputation in addition to impact your earning ability, the criminal record can have embarrassing and humiliating consequences. Having a successful attorney defending you can help you avoid having a permanent criminal record and in the end, contribute to a better quality of life.
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Greater Las Vegas, Nevada
With an experienced attorney, such as Kajioka & Associates, Attorneys at Law, to guide you through the traps and pitfalls of the criminal justice system, even with a first time misdemeanor, can be a significant help. Our attorneys know the law and continually conducting the procedures and practices, are familiar with the prosecutors and judges in the area. We are your advocate, striving for the best possible outcome and as we perform our duty we will advise you of all possible consequences that could occur throughout the process. Whether you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, call Kajioka & Associates, Attorneys at Law.