If you're being accused of a misdemeanor crime, you may not think it's that big of a deal. The crime itself wasn't severe, so that means your penalty won't likely be either. Is that really the case though? In fact, a misdemeanor can almost be worse than a felony today, thanks to the way the court system is designed. A misdemeanor can still influence your life in a few ways, and it's important to defend yourself to prevent this unfair complication from happening.
While the sentence given to you by the court after a trial may not seem severe, the consequences that happen socially are different and can be unpredictable. Fair punishment may be necessary, but having years of complications from a one-time mistake isn't fair.