What is a Misdemeanor?
A misdemeanor is typically a crime that is less serious than a felony. It is often punished by custody in a local jail as opposed to a state prison, and the maximum term in custody is up to one year. There may be alternatives to custody for misdemeanors such as home arrest, work-furlough detention centers and G.P.S. ankle bracelets. Although the charges are certainly less serious than felony charges, being accused of a misdemeanor, or being convicted of a misdemeanor, can be a life-changing event for some persons. In some professions, a misdemeanor conviction may result in loss of employment, denial of certain rights, loss of the right to own or carry firearms and restrictive conditions of probation.
Whether a felony or a misdemeanor, any type of accusation can have serious consequences and requires the need of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney today and schedule a free confidential consultation to discuss your case.