Even A Misdemeanor Conviction Has Serious Consequences
A misdemeanor is a relatively serious criminal charge requiring effective criminal defense. As such, it is important to hire a lawyer who will fight hard to protect your rights. It is also important to note that a conviction for a misdemeanor crime may result in jail time, your deportation, loss of your security clearance and a permanent criminal record.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Maryland or Washington, D.C., contact Silver Spring attorney James N. Papirmeister. His goal is to minimize the consequences of your arrest and keep your record as clear as possible. For a free initial consultation about your case, call 301-589-2100 or 301-367-6500 after hours.
While it is technically a lesser offense than a felony, a misdemeanor is nevertheless a crime requiring an aggressive defense. Some of the misdemeanor charges our firm has successfully defended clients against include:
- Traffic offenses: Some traffic violations are charged as misdemeanors, which can result in jail and a permanent criminal record. These include DWI and DUI, hit-and-run, reckless driving and driving after suspension of license.
- Sexual offenses: Prostitution, indecent exposure and fourth-degree sexual offense are misdemeanors in Maryland. A conviction can still wreck your life.
- Violent crimes: Domestic violence and assault and battery may be charged as misdemeanors, depending on the seriousness of the injuries.
- Property offenses: Larceny, petty theft, shoplifting, writing a bad check or credit card fraud may be charged as misdemeanors, depending on the value of what was taken.
Learn more about the consequences of a misdemeanor conviction by clicking on the following links:
- Effect of a conviction on your security clearance
- Effect of a conviction on your immigration status
- Mandatory prison sentences
- The stages of a criminal case