A misdemeanor under Indiana law is any criminal offense that can result in incarceration in the county jail for one year or less. In Indiana, we have three types of misdemeanor offenses:
Many people treat misdemeanor offenses as though they aren’t serious, as most misdemeanor convictions are unlikely to result in actual jail time due to overcrowding problems. As a result, they take quick and easy guilty pleas rather than allowing an attorney to properly investigate the facts of the case and any defenses that may be available. This is a mistake.
This is no such thing as a non-serious criminal conviction. Even if you do not spend a single day in jail because of the crime that you are accused of committing, a conviction is a permanent mark on your record that can be very difficult to erase or conceal at a later point in time. It is not unheard of for even misdemeanor convictions to prevent people from obtaining employment in the modern age of instant background checks.
Being charged with a misdemeanor is a serious matter, but the rules of evidence still apply to your situation. You are still entitled to a trial by jury. You are still entitled to have evidence that was illegally obtained excluded from trial. You are still entitled to confront the witnesses against you, and to challenge their statements. You are still entitled to an attorney who will fight for you, rather than one who will quickly counsel you to plead guilty without explaining the consequences to you.
I treat every misdemeanor charge that I am asked about just as seriously as I treat any felony charge. This is your life, and your future, and you deserve an attorney who will treat your case with the seriousness and attention that it deserves. If you or somebody you care about has been accused of a misdemeanor offense, contact me today for your free initial consultation. I don’t believe that there are any minor criminal charges, and I will fight to make sure that your rights are being protected.