Are you facing a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charge? If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor crime, don’t be misled- even though you are not facing felony charges, you could still be looking at stiff penalties if you are convicted. Did you know that a misdemeanor crime can still lead to a one year in jail and a fine up to $3,000? Not to mention, a gross misdemeanor crime can lead to further jail time and a fine of $5,000.
A gross misdemeanor is less serious than a felony offense but more serious than a misdemeanor crime. Even if you are charged and arrested for petty misdemeanor such as possession of drug paraphernalia, you can still be forced to pay a fine and/or fulfill community service hours. With misdemeanor crimes there is still a lot at stake.
What are some examples of a misdemeanor crime?
In the state of Minnesota, there are several different crimes that are categorized as misdemeanor crimes including:
- Petty theft (ex: shoplifting)
- First DWI offenses (driving while intoxicated)
- Driving without a license
- Disorderly conduct
- 911 interference
- Fighting in public
- Traffic Offenses (speeding, parking tickets, running through a stop sign)
Any of the above crimes typically lead to a one year jail sentence and anything over that is considered to be a felony crime.
Consequences of a Misdemeanor Crime
When facing misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges, it would be unwise to simply expect a slap on the wrist if you are convicted. With these types of crimes there is still jail time involved as well as community service and a steep fine. It is important to remember that having a criminal conviction on your record can be a devastating blow to your future and can make it very difficult to impress future employers, banks or landlords. If you are facing even a small petty theft shoplifting charge, you could end up paying the consequences for it later. You have better chances of beating your charges with the help of an experienced Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer.
Have you been arrested for a misdemeanor crime in Minneapolis?
If you are facing misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor charges, then my firm is here to give you the support you need. Here at Grostyan & Associates, PLC I am driven to protect the rights of the accused and I am willing to do whatever it takes to help you obtain a positive outcome. It is vital that you put your rights in the right hands even against misdemeanor charges because you do not want to be paying for one little mistake years down the road. Contact my firm for a free consultation today to learn how a Minneapolis criminal attorney can help you.