There are two main types of criminal offenses in Virginia: misdemeanors and felonies. Although misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, a conviction can still lead to harsh consequences that have an impact on your freedom, wallet, license, and future. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side during the legal process can help you get the best possible outcome in your case.
The following are a few reasons why you must hire an attorney when facing a misdemeanor charge:
- A conviction can result in jail time and other criminal penalties – In Virginia, you can face jail, fines, court costs, restitution, loss of driver’s license, and/or placed on probation to be monitored and even do community service or a substance abuse or mental health evaluation.
- A conviction can also lead to a criminal record – A misdemeanor conviction will be a part of your permanent criminal record, which is a public record that can be accessed by employers, colleges and universities, licensing agencies, and other parties who perform criminal background checks. Having a criminal record can make finding work, applying for school, and obtaining housing quite difficult.
- A lawyer can protect your rights – Facing the criminal justice system alone can be scary, frustrating, and intimidating. You will be vulnerable to many legal pitfalls, which can result in being convicted and serving the maximum penalties, especially if you plead guilty to the charges you face. After analyzing your case, your attorney can figure out your available legal options to help you avoid serious criminal penalties, while protecting your rights and best interests throughout the legal process.
If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor offense in Fairfax or within the Northern Virginia area, The Law Office of Ann Thayer, PLLC is committed to help you get the most favorable results. Do not hesitate to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you immediately.
Contact us today at (703) 940-0001 to learn more about our experienced and effective legal services. Serving clients in Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, and Loudoun counties and the City of Alexandria.