Meeting The Challenge of Misdemeanor Defense

Some people erroneously assume that a misdemeanor on one’s record is a minor matter. While it is true that a misdemeanor is considered less serious than a felony, it is nonetheless also serious. A conviction for a misdemeanor crime can have negative repercussions in many areas of life. It can prove to be a roadblock in one’s career path. One misdemeanor on one’s record makes future brushes with the law more serious than they might be otherwise.

What Crimes Are Considered Misdemeanors?

Misdemeanors may fall under municipal, county, state or federal jurisdiction. Colorado attorneys at Hernandez & Associates, P.C., can defend people accused of misdemeanors, including:

  • Assault
  • Harassment
  • Obstruction of telephone service
  • Domestic violence
  • Violation of protective order
  • Misdemeanor child abuse
  • Criminal mischief involving damage to property of others
  • Marijuana possession in excess of allowed quantities
  • Petty theft
  • Prostitution
  • Juvenile crimes, including offenses such as vandalism

What Punishments Do Misdemeanors Carry?

In general, any crime punishable by less than a year in prison can be classified as a misdemeanor. Some misdemeanors carry punishments of more than a year. Some crimes known as “wobblers” may be considered felonies or misdemeanors. In some cases, charges will be reduced from felony to misdemeanor charges under certain circumstances. Hernandez & Associates, P.C., fights to have clients’ criminal charges reduced or dismissed altogether.

A Misdemeanor Can Ruin Immigration Aspirations

The outcome of a criminal case can have a great impact on immigration cases. Clients who intend to apply for citizenship, a green card, adjustment of status or deferred action through DACA or DAPA* are right to be concerned about misdemeanor charges. “Significant misdemeanors” can disqualify applicants for deferred action.

*DACA = Deferred Action for Child Arrivals; DAPA = Deferred Action for Parental Accountability

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