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Criminal charges can be viewed as minor or “not that serious,” especially when the crime in question is a misdemeanor. Unfortunately, misdemeanor charges can be serious and even escalate into felony charges as law enforcement builds its case against you.

Regardless of the severity of the charges or whether you have been accused of a misdemeanor or felony, you need an experienced attorney on your side.

Misdemeanors

Misdemeanor crimes typically result in less severe penalties. Fines and jail time are possible, but in many cases, fines are just a few thousand dollars – still a steep amount if you are the one accused of the crime!

Those convicted of the most serious misdemeanors face months in jail and long-term repercussions in their personal and professional lives, including difficulty obtaining professional licenses or admittance to college. Crimes such as certain retail thefts, assault and criminal damage to property could result in nearly as much damage to your life as felony charges.

Keep in mind, if you have been charged with a misdemeanor in the past, it can result in a more serious charge now, even if current allegations are completely unrelated. As a “repeat offender,” you face additional jail time and a criminal record.

Felonies

Whether you made a mistake or you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, felony charges can result in life-long consequences. In addition to jail time, a felony conviction makes every aspect of your life difficult – from finding a job to losing your right to own a firearm.

Felony charges occur in a variety of situations, including

  • Arson
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Weapons crimes
  • Kidnapping
  • Fraud
  • Rape
  • Murder

The most important thing you can do if accused of a felony crime is to contact an experienced attorney. He or she will help you through the questioning and investigative process, and help you build your strongest case in your favor. It is essential you have someone on your side protecting your rights. The Law Office of Brion L. Gardner can help.

Experienced Legal Representation for Misdemeanor and Felony Crime Charges

Whether you face misdemeanor or felony charges, I can help. I’ve been working with clients facing criminal charges for years and I can help you during this difficult and frustrating time. My goal is simple: to give clients the guidance they need to make informed and intelligent decisions regarding their legal matters.

Your situation is serious and you need serious legal representation.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with my office, contact The Law Office of Brion L. Gardner at 615.556.1287.