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Do I Need an Attorney for a Misdemeanor?

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A criminal defense attorney may be on your mind if you've been charged with a minor offense. While these accusations are not as serious as felonies, it’s beneficial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney representing you. Below we outline the benefits of having an attorney if you are facing a misdemeanor charge.

Avoiding Potential Jail Time or Fines

Misdemeanor convictions can result in jail time or fines that may not be as severe should someone be convicted of a felony, but can still be life-altering.

In Wisconsin, there are three different categories of misdemeanors and each carries various consequences:

  • Class C Misdemeanor: A conviction of this crime can result in a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail
  • Class B Misdemeanor: Someone convicted of this can be fined up to $1,000 and be sentenced to 90 days in jail.
  • Class A Misdemeanor: This is the most serious misdemeanor charge resulting in a fine of up to $10,000 and up to nine months in jail.

When working with a criminal defense attorney, you could potentially be sentenced to a far less harsh punishment.

Potential Plea Deal

A prosecutor will most likely not consider a plea deal if you are representing yourself. When you have a criminal defense attorney, they may pursue defense strategies that reduce or eliminate your accusations and the penalty assessed against you.

You May Not Have the Best Defense

In some criminal cases, a defendant may be assigned a public defender. While this person will still represent a defendant to the best of their ability, as the defendant, you do not get to choose who is representing you.

When working with The Law Offices of Jason D. Baltz, our team will work to provide the best defense possible and give your case the individualized attention it needs so you can get back to living your life.

Contact The Law Offices of Jason D. Baltz Today!

Hiring a criminal defense attorney is critical when you're accused of a crime. Using the services of an accomplished criminal defense team at The Law Offices of Jason D. Baltz is essential to your success. Contact us online or by phone at (414) 375-0797 so we can begin working on your case right away.

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