Misdemeanors

MISDEMEANORS

Misdemeanors? Get the Right Law Firm to Help Your Case 

Even though misdemeanors are not as serious as felony charges, they can still result in jail time and significant fines. A first offense DUI (Driving Under the Influence)/OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) is often a misdemeanor, as is simple assault, some forms of drug use or possession, and what many people would consider "small time" crimes. Despite the way in which some people do not take these kinds of crimes seriously, being charged with one can still be stressful and cause many problems in your life. Depending on the particular crime and the type of job you have, you may find yourself facing unemployment if you are convicted, which is another important reason to seek out legal help right away.

For example, a commercial driver who receives a DUI or OWI may no longer be eligible for that type of employment because of risks to the employer and rising insurance rates or because the person's driving privileges have been suspended. So having the charges dropped or reduced could save that person's job. Additionally, anyone convicted of theft may not be able to get a job working with funds or cash in any way, and people who have been convicted of assault or drug crimes (including marijuana) may not be able to work in some stricter fields, such as certain types of teaching. There are long term consequences, even for misdemeanor crimes.

When you need a criminal defense attorney, you have options in Sioux City or South Sioux City. But you want to make sure you select the right attorney for your particular needs. That can give you the best chance at a positive outcome, and can help protect you from charges that may not be warranted. Some people feel they can fight a smaller charge like a misdemeanor by themselves, but even these lesser charges can cause problems in the present and in the future. Having a criminal record of any kind can bar you from some types of jobs, so avoiding a conviction or having charges reduced or dropped is often very helpful.

By reaching out to Fitch & Stahle Law Office, you have the opportunity to work with legal professionals who can help address your misdemeanor charges and determine the best course of action based on the facts of the case. Some cases are more serious than others, but all are important. Because a misdemeanor can affect your career, finances, personal life, and even your freedom, you want to reduce or eliminate charges whenever possible. With a strong legal advocate on your side, you have a better opportunity of being able to see a successful outcome to your case, that benefits everyone involved.

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