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Need an attorney when charged with a misdemeanor?

Posted Monday, March 16, 2020 by Andrew Charles Huff

Many potential clients have called my office asking about whether they need an attorney if charged with a misdemeanor as opposed to a felony. The answer is YES, you need an attorney for any criminal charge(s) you are facing, regardless of whether you believe any jail time is in the works. In Washington, a gross misdemeanor offense is punishable by up to $5,000 in fines/costs and potential jail time up to 364 days. Additionally, one can face potential license suspension actions for certain misdemeanors as well, such a Driving Under the Influence and Reckless Driving. These are many reasons why anyone with a misdemeanor charge should discuss your case with a criminal defense attorney.

Incarceration for misdemeanors typically means spending time in a county or city jail, unlike sentences for felonies that could include prison time. For less serious crimes, the punishment might consist of no jail time but fines and community service or probation. Misdemeanor convictions could have an adverse impact on other aspects of an individual’s life, sometimes limiting educational opportunities and even restricting living accommodations.

Facing criminal charges is a big deal because a conviction can have severe consequences – even if it is limited to a misdemeanor. The best way to deal with the situation is to secure the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Call my office immediately at 206-729-3477 and let’s discuss your’ case.

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