Misdemeanor Offenses in California
Proven Strategies from Our Nevada County Criminal Defense Attorneys
Many people consider misdemeanor charges to be minor and not a big deal. What they often don’t understand is that in California misdemeanors can be punished with up to a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines, as well as having other long-term adverse consequences. Because of this, these convictions can sometimes cause you to lose your job and your housing, and can significantly impact your financial stability.
Whatever type of misdemeanor charge facing, a skilled Nevada County criminal defense lawyer from Leupp & Woodall is ready to help you assess your defense options. We can hear your side of the case, prepare an appropriate defense, and seek to minimize or eliminate any possible penalties.
Challenge the accusations against you with dedicated, experienced counsel. Contact us for a free case consultation today.
Probation Sentences for Misdemeanors
Misdemeanor convictions in California are likely to result in a probation sentence. If you follow the terms of your probation, you can avoid spending more time in jail. A judge can impose any conditions of probation that he or she chooses, as long as they are appropriate and relevant to the case.
Some of the probation conditions you can face are:
- Community service work
- House arrest, or electronic monitoring
- Participation in treatment programs
- Paying restitution
- Not possessing or consuming alcohol or drugs
- Drug and alcohol testing
- Search conditions
If you violate any of the court’s probation conditions, you will face a potential probation violation hearing. If the court finds you in violation of probation, the court can choose to sentence you up to the maximum penalty the crime you are on probation for allows.
If you do not take a misdemeanor charge seriously, you can end up with a conviction on your record that can impact your future. Even after the penalty is paid you will have a prior conviction that may influence how the authorities handle future criminal charges, and can hurt your future employment chances.
The advocacy you need is just a phone call away. Call our offices at (530) 836-5062 today. Our team is ready to hear your story.