After being arrested for a misdemeanor, you may think that it’s not a big deal. At least you’re not being charged with a felony, right?
However, a misdemeanor conviction in Ohio can result in harsh penalties. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney early in the process can ensure your rights and future are protected throughout the legal process.
The following are several reasons why you still need to hire an attorney when facing a misdemeanor charge:
- You can spend time in jail – In Ohio, a first-degree misdemeanor can result in a maximum jail sentence of 180 days, a second-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a third-degree misdemeanor carries a maximum jail sentence of 60 days, and a fourth-degree misdemeanor can result in a jail sentence of up to 30 days. A lawyer can help you avoid jail time by either getting your charges reduced or your entire case thrown out.
- A conviction can result in a criminal record – Not only do you face jail time upon conviction, but it can also result in a criminal record that can negatively affect your personal and professional life. A conviction can make getting a job difficult, impair your earning potential, deny you from going to certain colleges, and even deny you entry into the military. An attorney can help you avoid conviction. In the event you are convicted, he/she can help you get your criminal record expunged.
- You have someone you can trust on your side – If this is your first-time offense, the criminal justice system can be frightening, stressful, and confusing. Making an error at any point during the legal process can result in more legal issues. A lawyer can help you navigate the complexities of your case and provide sound legal advice to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in Ohio, look no further than our Cleveland criminal defense attorney at Patituce & Associates. We can evaluate your case, provide recommendations, and build a strong defense strategy to get the best results.
Do not hesitate to contact us and speak with our legal team today.