In criminal law there are 3 categories of criminal offenses. The first one is called an infraction. Infractions are minor offenses that are usually punishable by a small fine. The second offense is called a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors have a greater punishment than infractions. A person charged with a misdemeanor can face jail time in a small jail facility and pay a big fine. The last category is called a felony. Felonies are considered the most serious type of offense. A person found guilty of a felony can face jail time in a maximum security prison and an even bigger fine than a misdemeanor charge.
Some of the most common misdemeanor charges include trespassing, vandalism, petty theft, assault and public drunkenness. Misdemeanor charges can be raised to felony offense levels depending on the circumstances and factors surrounding the offense. Examples of misdemeanors that are commonly elevated to felonies are DUI or driving under the influence and felony domestic violence.
If you had been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony in Buckeye, AZ you will need to get a lawyer to help you defend your case. If you do not have a lawyer or cannot afford to hire one, you can advise the court on your arraignment and they will appoint one for you.
You will need a lawyer to defend your misdemeanor or felony case because sometimes the law governing your case can get confusing. You will need your lawyer to explain the misdemeanor or felony laws of Buckeye, AZ and the punishment that comes with it. Different states may have different laws on how to handle a misdemeanor or a felony charge. What might be applicable in some regions may not be practiced in Buckeye, AZ.
Besides explaining to you the laws that govern your misdemeanor or felony charge your lawyer is responsible to filing any motions, requests and the like for you. He is also responsible for obtaining evidence that can clear you of the charges.
Your Buckeye, AZ criminal lawyer can explain to you what your options are regarding your misdemeanor or felony charge. Your lawyer can give you advice on things like pleading guilty or not guilty and the consequences of each. He can also help you request to reduce your sentence or drop the charges altogether depending on what he sees fit. He should also always be on top of all your court proceedings and appear with you or on your behalf at all court appointed appearance. He will also be responsible for negotiating with the plaintiff like in the case of a plea bargain. He can also advise you on whether or not your case can win in a trial.
Your lawyer will be your constant defender throughout the entire court proceedings so you must ensure that he or she is a lawyer that is competent and trustworthy. It also helps if your lawyer has had extensive experience and has won several misdemeanor and felony cases in the past.
A good criminal lawyer will always want to get you to win your case or ensure that your punishment is the least possible punishment you can have for your misdemeanor or felony charge. It is important that you tell your lawyer everything there is to know about your case so that he can make an assessment as to what actions you should take.