Past, present and future. These are all time periods in a person's life, and one can definitely have an impact on the next. This is especially true when it comes to misdemeanor charges. Misdemeanors are often associated with certain traffic charges and criminal offenses that aren't prosecuted as felonies. While not a felony charge, misdemeanor charges should still be taken very seriously to avoid any negative impact on a person's future.
Some people in Kansas may not realize that in some circumstances, a traffic violation is not just a ticket (an infraction). Depending on the severity of the infraction, it may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are characterized as being punishable for up to one year in prison if convicted. This is means that a person could potentially do jail time, among a multitude of other potential consequences, for a misdemeanor conviction.
This is definitely a reason why someone accused of a misdemeanor needs to take the charge seriously. Whether for driving without a license, speeding (usually for excessive speed or for repeat offenders) or even shoplifting, there are several different types of accusations that could result in misdemeanor charges. At Billam & Henderson LLC Attorneys at Law, we fight for our client's rights when accused of anything from a felony down to a misdemeanor.
This is because we know just how seriously a conviction for a misdemeanor could impact a person's future. Beyond jail time, it could prevent a person from gaining employment. Fines and community service are also common punishments for those convicted of misdemeanor charges. Find out just what type of charge you or a loved one are facing and take the appropriate measures to prevent an unwanted outcome.