Generally, crimes fall into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is the less severe charge of the two but can still have serious penalties if convicted. Misdemeanor offenses carry penalties such as imprisonment, fines, probation, community service, and driving restrictions. Legal representation from an experienced misdemeanor lawyer can help you avoid these penalties.
A misdemeanor conviction can become a part of someones permanent criminal record and may affect their ability to find jobs and receive professional licenses/certifications. Misdemeanor offenses can have lasting effects on many areas of one’s personal and professional life.
Common examples of misdemeanors may include the following:
- driving with a suspended/revoked license
- open alcohol container violations
- public drunkenness
- failure to appear in court
- disorderly conduct
- petty theft
Baltimore County Misdemeanor Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor in Baltimore, Arbutus, Catonsville,or Annapolis, Maryland, contact the lawyers of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates. We proudly serve Baltimore City, Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard and Harford counties. We have two offices located in Arbutus and Catonsville, MD for your convenience.
At James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we understand the troubles of facing criminal charges and are dedicated to giving your case the attention it needs. Our lawyers will guide you through the entire process to ensure that you have a strong legal defense by your side when facing criminal accusations.
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Penalties for Misdemeanors in Maryland
Possible penalties for people charged with misdemeanors in Maryland may include the following:
- imprisonment/jail time
- community service
- mandatory classes
Apart from the penalties mentioned above, a defendant may also experience the loss of privileges when charged with committing a crime, including but not limited to the following:
- the loss of professional licenses (ex: law, medicine, teaching, and service industry licenses)
- termination of public/government employment(ex: city councilmen, senator)
- the loss of driver’s license (ex. common for DUI, and manslaughter offenses)
Most states divide misdemeanors and felonies into categories based on the severity of the offense. In Maryland, misdemeanors are divided into two deegre levels:
- first-degree misdemeanors- class with the highest penalties.
- second-degree misdemeanors- class with less severe penalties.
A misdemeanor conviction of any degree will have consequences, therefore it is important to speak with our knowledgeable lawyers as soon as possible.
Misdemeanor Additional Resources
Sentencing Guidelines: Visit the website of the Maryland State Commission to view the criminal sentencing and guidelines for various offenses in the state.
Find A Misdemeanor Lawyer in Baltimore Maryland
Although misdemeanors are not as severe as felonies, they still carry serious repercussions for people who are accused of committing a crime. Many applications for jobs, to pursue higher education, or to lease apartments ask the standard question: “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” If convicted, you are required to answer truthfully.
It is important that you speak with the lawyers of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates as soon as possible to protect your rights before speaking with anyone else about this matter. Call 443-709-9999 to speak with our experienced criminal defense lawyers today.