Criminal Defense Law Firm West Palm Beach FL
If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor, it’s important that you speak with a criminal defense lawyer West Palm Beach, FL residents trust. It’s also important that you act quickly, as the strength of your defense may depend upon our team’s ability to preserve evidence and protect your rights as soon as possible. Far too often, individuals resist speaking with an attorney after being charged with a misdemeanor because they are under the impression that a misdemeanor is a “throwaway” charge, like a minor traffic infraction. In reality, the potential consequences of being convicted of a misdemeanor can be life-altering. It is therefore critical that you connect with our respected West Palm Beach, FL criminal defense lawyer team as soon as you possibly can so that we can begin building a strong defense on your behalf.
Why Defending Against Misdemeanor Charges Is Critically Important
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor charge, you will face certain consequences immediately and others down the road. Immediate consequences will be outlined when your sentence is handed down. These consequences may include (but are not limited to) suspension of your driver’s license, fines, community service hour mandates, required counseling (substance abuse, anger, etc.), probation, and a term of imprisonment that can last up to 12 months.
If this is your first criminal conviction, you will be saddled with the burden of a criminal record for the first time. This is where the potential long-term consequences of your conviction will come into play. The existence of your criminal record may make it more difficult to secure housing, higher education, employment, and even credit. Depending on the nature of your misdemeanor offense(s), you may even be limited in the kinds of volunteer opportunities you will be permitted to assume in the future.
If this is not your first offense, the presence of another “ding” on your criminal record could lead to enhancements for this crime or any future infractions you may commit. This means that you could face harsher sentencing than you would otherwise because you have multiple offenses recorded on your record. Your misdemeanor offense could even be bumped up to a felony classification during the prosecutorial process. As a result, you’ll want to work with a criminal defense team that will advocate on behalf of your rights and interests vigorously.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor and have not yet reached out to the experienced Florida legal team at Farkas & Crowley, P.A., please do so now. Although it is true that misdemeanor charges cannot result in the kinds of lengthy prison sentences that felony charges can, it is important to defend against misdemeanor charges aggressively. Failing to work with our team to build the strongest possible defense on your behalf now may result in potentially life-altering legal, financial, and practical consequences down the road. Don’t wait. Connect with a respected West Palm Beach, FL criminal defense lawyer at our firm today.