The fact is that felonies are more serious than misdemeanors; however, just because it is a misdemeanor doesn’t mean that you can handle your case on your own. So while you may think a misdemeanor is not that serious, you may still want help from an experienced criminal defense lawyer.
The following are common reasons why retaining legal representation for a misdemeanor is worth it:
- Possibility of serving time in jail – Whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor, any type of crime is a serious matter. The difference in the classification depends on the maximum period of incarnation you face upon conviction. In Nevada, a misdemeanor can result in a maximum jail sentence of six months. If you do not wish to spend time in jail, it is wise to obtain legal counsel.
- A permanent mark on your criminal record – A permanent criminal record, for any type of crime, can have a negative impact on your life. A misdemeanor on your record can make it difficult to seek employment, apply for college, enter the military, or take advantage of all life’s opportunities. It can severely damage your personal and professional reputation. A qualified attorney can help you avoid having a permanent record, even if after conviction.
- Representing yourself is a bad idea – An experienced lawyer understands what it takes to either get your case dismissed, your charges reduced, or obtain a successful verdict. He or she will guide you through the complexities of the criminal justice system, and has formed close relationships with both judges and prosecutors in your jurisdiction. But if you wish to represent yourself, you would be required—in a separate proceeding—to make a knowing and intelligent waiver of your right to counsel by demonstrating your knowledge and understanding of the nature of the criminal process. Keep in mind, the court will likely deny your request to represent yourself.
Whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or a felony, our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys at Turco & Draskovich has over 40 years of combined experience in negotiating with prosecutors to ensure that your case gets resolved as favorably as possible. Do not risk facing a serious charge without knowledgeable legal representation.
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