• Tempe Arizona Misdemeanor Crimes Attorney

  • Tempe Arizona Misdemeanor Crimes Attorney

    Tempe Arizona Misdemeanor Crimes Attorney. Misdemeanor crimes in Arizona, are crimes that have a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail.  While all DUI convictions have some mandatory jail time, it's very likely we can resolve most other misdemeanor crimes with no jail time.

    Furthermore, you will know if your charge is a misdemeanor by what court you go to.  Because if you go to a City Court or a Justice Court, your charge is a misdemeanor.  But, if you go to Superior Court, your charge is a felony.

    Tempe Arizona Misdemeanor Crimes Attorney

    While misdemeanors are relatively minor crimes, as compared to felonies; they can still have significant penalties and a great impact on your life.  It is my experience that most people charged with misdemeanors are good law-abiding people; who simply had a bad day.  But unfortunately, the fallout from a misdemeanor conviction can last a long time.

    Criminal traffic offenses are misdemeanors that add points to your driver license and possibly money to your car insurance rates. Also, if you have certain jobs, like a school teacher, for example; some convictions are reported to your licensing board and can trigger disciplinary action.  Also, the prosecutor could charge a misdemeanor crime as a felony; if you have a history of the same crime or type of crime. An example of this would be domestic violence or theft.  

    Furthermore, if you are facing any misdemeanor charge, you should consult with a criminal attorney; to learn how a conviction may impact your life.  Also, if you decide to fight the charge; you have the same right to challenge the evidence and arrest as someone charged with a felony.

    Tempe Arizona Misdemeanor Crimes Attorney

    I am often asked if a person charged with a misdemeanor is entitled to a jury trial.  The general answer is no, but there are exceptions where you could get a jury trial.  While all DUI charges are entitled to a jury trial; a lawyer would need to meet with you to discuss your charges before he can tell you whether you are entitled to a jury trial. Because of my law enforcement background, I understand the charges you are facing.