Cleveland Misdemeanor Offense Attorney
Misdemeanor Charges in Ohio
Being convicted of a misdemeanor can have significantly detrimental effects on your life. Even after you have served your time and paid your penalties, you may still have to deal with the lasting effects of a misdemeanor conviction. You may still be unable to find a job, find housing, or get a loan because of a prior conviction. You may also be unable to travel outside the country or obtain a professional license because of your misdemeanor conviction.
At Mastandrea Law, LLC, our Cleveland misdemeanor defense attorney is ready to defend you against all types of charges. We are ready to fight to keep your record clean and your future secure. We are prepared to fight to protect your rights and freedoms and give you a second chance. We are ready to help you move forward with your life.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, we can help. Call Mastandrea Law, LLC at (216) 306-5105 or contact us online today.
What Is a Misdemeanor?
A misdemeanor is a criminal offense that is less serious than a felony. In Ohio, misdemeanors are crimes punishable by no more than 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Misdemeanors are classified according to varying degrees, ranging from first-degree misdemeanors to fourth-degree and minor misdemeanors. First-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 180 days in jail, while second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 90 days in jail. Third-degree misdemeanors carry a penalty of up to 60 days in jail, while fourth-degree misdemeanors can result in up to 30 days in jail. Minor misdemeanors do not carry any jail time, but they do carry fines up to $150.
Our Cleveland misdemeanor defense attorney handles all types of misdemeanor cases, including but not limited to those involving:
- Petty theft
- Protective order violations
- Misdemeanor assault
- Carrying a gun without a permit
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Resisting arrest
- Criminal mischief
- Public indecency
- Failure to disperse
- Harassing a police dog or assistance dog
- Disorderly conduct
- Reckless driving
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, reach out to Mastandrea Law, LLC right away to put a powerful legal team by your side.
The Effects of a Misdemeanor Conviction
The effects of a misdemeanor conviction can be severe, ranging from jail time to steep fines. Additionally, a conviction will result in a criminal record, which may make it difficult to obtain housing, attend school, receive a loan, or keep your job.
A misdemeanor conviction can also affect your immigration status. If you are not a U.S. citizen and you are convicted of a misdemeanor, it can make it more difficult to obtain permanent residency or citizenship. A conviction can also affect your ability to obtain a visa to travel outside the country.
A misdemeanor conviction can also affect your right to own a firearm. If you are a convicted felon, you are not allowed to own a firearm. However, if you are a non-felon and you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you may lose your right to own a firearm. You may also be prohibited from obtaining a concealed carry permit. You may also be prohibited from possessing a firearm while you are in a school zone.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, call our Cleveland misdemeanor defense attorney at (216) 306-5105 or contact us online today for a free and confidential consultation.
The Importance of Getting Started Early
Misdemeanor cases are often resolved before they ever go to trial. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you may be able to resolve the case without having to go to court. This can save you time, money, and stress. However, if you are not represented by an experienced and skilled attorney, you may not be able to resolve your case without a trial. You may have to go to court and take time off work to attend court dates, and you may have to pay court fees.
Our Cleveland misdemeanor defense attorney may be able to help you work to resolve your case without going to court. In many cases, we can negotiate with the prosecutor to try to get your charges reduced or dismissed.
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