A common mistake people make when facing misdemeanor charges is not taking them seriously. Please understand that misdemeanors are serious. You can face jail time and fine as well as a permanent mark on your criminal record that can affect your life for years.
SMT Legal is ready to step in and help you. We know that no two cases are the same and will work to understand every aspect of your case. We also want to point out that misdemeanor charges can be filed by anyone who thinks that they have been harmed, injured, or damaged by you. If you need a misdemeanor charges attorney, call us today.
Today we want to discuss how misdemeanor crimes can affect your life.
How A Guilty Verdict Can Affect You
There are three levels to misdemeanor offenses in Pennsylvania: first-degree, second-degree, and third-degree. For each level of misdemeanor, there are maximum penalties assigned which we will show you below. Please know that these are just the maximums at each level and that the court can impose sentences that fall anywhere in the range of the stated penalties.
- First-degree misdemeanor: up to five years of incarceration and a $10,000 fine.
- Second-degree misdemeanor: up to two years of incarceration and a $5,000 fine.
- Third-degree misdemeanor: up to one year of incarceration and a $2,500 fine.
Some misdemeanors DO have mandatory sentences. For example, if a person is required to drive a motor vehicle with an ignition interlock device (due to a DUI conviction) but violates those terms, they face a mandatory 90 days in jail if convicted.
Some common misdemeanors in Pennsylvania include:
- Simple assault
- Criminal mischief
- Endangering the welfare of a child
- Property crimes
- Disorderly conduct
- DUI charges
- And more
The penalties listed above are only the beginning of the consequences you can face with these charges.
- If your crime involved an impaired driving charge, you could lose your license, something that will significantly impact your ability to earn an income and support your family.
- Misdemeanor offenses can keep you from getting into colleges and hinder your ability to get scholarships.
- Misdemeanor charges will show up on your background check for potential employers to see.
- Any future criminal charges you face could be upgraded based on previous misdemeanor offenses.
Let Us Get To Work
If you or someone you love has been charged with a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania, your next phone call needs to be to a knowledgeable attorney. At SMT Legal, we know that these are not minor crimes, despite what anyone says. Misdemeanors come with a real threat of jail time and fines. A conviction can affect your future which is why we will diligently defend you in court. We want to achieve the best possible outcome, which can include:
- Lighter sentencing
- Reduced charges
- Getting your charges dismissed altogether