It may be tempting, in an effort to save money, to try to navigate the courts by yourself when faced with a lesser charge like a misdemeanor. And of course while representing yourself could in fact lead to a favorable outcome, in many cases, your best chance for success is to team up with a firm familiar with criminal law, to fight the charges on your behalf.
Misdemeanors such as traffic violations, speeding tickets and theft or shoplifting might only result in a fine, but there are gross misdemeanors including assault that could actually lead to time in jail.
In addition, depending on the nature of the traffic violation and your history, you could also lose your license for a substantial amount of time, which could cause major issues for your immediate future. Furthermore, having a criminal record follow you could also lead to hurdles down the road. In reality though, a professional lawyer may be able to get your charges dismissed or reduced, which may even save you from losing your license.
Based in Catskill, New York, but serving clients throughout New York state, as well as out of state and even in Canada, James M. Wagman Attorney at Law, proudly helps clients navigate the often tricky and overwhelming waters of criminal law. Our criminal defense team covers lesser offenses such as misdemeanors and traffic violations, as well as more serious offenses such as driving while intoxicated, drug charges, and violent crimes including domestic violence, assault, gun crimes, homicides and armed robbery, among others.
Our law firm’s website has more information about our firm and about criminal defense legal issues.