While a misdemeanor case may not seem like a big deal, the truth is that there can be serious consequences if not handled properly. For instance if you are charged with Possession of Marijuana you are facing a Class A Misdemeanor for just your first offense. This can result in a potential jail sentence of up to one (1) year. As you can see a misdemeanor charge can lead to major disruption in your life.
While you are free to represent yourself this is not a course of action I would recommend (nor any lawyer or judge for that matter). With so much at stake you cannot afford to not have counsel.
What type of misdemeanor criminal defense cases does my office handle?
The list below just gives you an idea of the types of matters that are handled as misdemeanors. You need to remember that most crimes in Indiana have enhancing factors that can lead to a misdemeanor being charged as a felony crime:
Class A Misdemeanors
- Driving While Suspended
- Operating While Intoxicated
- Battery, resulting in bodily injury
- Domestic Battery
- Criminal Trespass
- Computer Trespass
- Check Deception
- Interference with Reporting a Crime
- Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
- Possession of a Firearm
- Possession of Paraphernalia
Class B Misdemeanors
- Criminal Recklessness
- Criminal Mischief
- Vending Machine Vandalism
- Interfering with Drug or Alcohol Screening
- Home Improvement Fraud
- Disorderly Conduct
- Malicious Mischief
- Possession of Animal Fighting Paraphernalia
Class C Misdemeanors
- Interference with custody
- Public Indecency
- Public Nudity
- Use or Possession of a Code Grabbing Device
- Operating a Motorboat While Intoxicated
What to Expect from your Misdemeanor Case
Usually you are informed of misdemeanor charges in one of two ways. The more subtle way is that you will receive a summons in the mail giving you an initial date to appear for your court date. The other way, is that you are arrested. If you bond out, then you will normally get your initial date after bonding out.
Before the initial hearing you should contact an attorney. By talking to an attorney you will learn what defenses you may have available, what to expect if you are found guilty, what you may expect in terms of a plea deal, and other programs that may be available to you. As your lawyer, I will make sure that you have all of the information necessary to make the right decision for your case.
Once hired, I will work contact the prosecutor’s office to discuss your case in an attempt to obtain a plea deal and have the case resolved for you as quickly as possible so that you can move forward. I will review the plea deal with you before the initial hearing (or the next hearing date set).
If you are not satisfied with the plea deal, then we can set the matter for trial. Trial dates are about two (2) to three (3) months from the date of the first hearing where I would appear. When a trial date is set, we will also set a plea bargain deadline as well. This way you have one more opportunity to accept a plea. If not, then we will prepare your case and represent you at the trial.
Contact my office today at (574) 387-6529 to get help with your misdemeanor case.