misdemeanor charges are not as serious as
felonies, a conviction can result in a long jail sentence, costly fines, and a
permanent mark on your criminal record. One of the wisest decisions you
can make – in order to obtain the most favorable results possible
– is to hire a private criminal defense lawyer.
The following are the common reasons why it is worth hiring a lawyer for
You could serve time in jail. It is a serious matter when you are charged with any type of crime. In
Arizona, you can spend up to six months in jail for a misdemeanor conviction.
Having a reputable lawyer on your side can help you either reduce your
charges or have your case thrown out entirely.
You risk having a permanent mark on your criminal record. While an arrest can be voided, a conviction cannot. A permanent criminal
record for a misdemeanor offense can have a negative impact on your personal
and professional reputation. An experienced lawyer can help you avoid
having a permanent record.
Experience matters. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate through
the complexities of the court system. He or she possesses an extensive
knowledge of the law, the practices and procedures, as well as both judges
and prosecutions. Your lawyer is obligated by law to work for the best
outcome and advise you of all potential consequences that could happen.
Representing yourself is not a good idea. According to the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, you have a
right to counsel to represent you in a criminal case – even if you
choose to be your own lawyer. In order to obtain the court’s permission
to represent yourself, however, you are required to make a knowing and
intelligent waiver of your right to counsel by demonstrating your understanding
of the legal process.
Public defenders have their limitations. If you do not want to pay for private counsel, you could always get a
lawyer appointed to you by the court. However, public defenders often
have a substantial case load and may not have enough time to thoroughly
assess all of your available legal options.
If you are facing a misdemeanor charge in Arizona and need experienced
Contact our Mesa criminal defense lawyers at
Naegle & Crider at (480) 418-0776 for more information.