This is the next post in my series on the handling of misdemeanor charges in Little Rock, Arkansas. My last post provided an overview of topics which this series will be addressing. It also stressed the importance of retaining an attorney if you or a loved one have been charged with a crime. It is important that you contact counsel immediately so that your representative may begin building a case on your behalf. In this article I will discuss our state’s penalties, as well as other consequences, which can accompany a misdemeanor conviction. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.
Arkansas defendants may face a year in jail for a misdemeanor conviction
Our state breaks misdemeanors into various categories. These are generally considered “A,” “B,” and “C” cases. Penalties for such offenses can range a sentence of up to thirty days to a sentence of up to one year in jail. This is in addition to fines which a defendant may face. Furthermore, a defendant who is convicted will be saddled with a permanent criminal record. This can make it more difficult to pass a background check, to gain employment, and to move forward in other areas of life. Moreover, the presence of a conviction can make enhanced sentencing, for any future offenses, more likely.
It is also important to note that if one has been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence then they will be prohibited from owning a firearm under 18 USC 922(g). This is a federal statute which means that such a defendant will be barred from possessing a gun anywhere in the United States. Violating this statute can lead to federal felony charges which would be brought by the United States government. So, again, it is important to understand that even though one would not be a “felon,” having a misdemeanor conviction can greatly damage a person’s future.
A criminal defense lawyer can help protect Arkansas residents against misdemeanor charges
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, of any type, then you have options. The government will be required to turn over certain evidence to your counsel. Moreover, you will have rights as you would in any other case. These include the right to confront your witnesses, the right against self-incrimination, the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty, and more. By retaining a lawyer, who will help you to understand your options, you increase the chances of making sure that the most vigorous defense is put forward.
I am a Little Rock misdemeanor defense lawyer who understands the serious nature of such cases. My office will stay in regular communication with you as your case moves forward and we will make sure that the matter receives the attention it deserves. We pride ourselves on providing quality service and we look forward to being of assistance. Contact us online or by telephone today. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the remainder of Arkansas.