Misdemeanor Convictions Can Affect Your Future
If you’re thinking of pleading guilty to a New York misdemeanor charge just to get it over with, you should probably think a little harder. Although you’re not running any risk of a long prison term, the existence of a criminal record by itself can interfere with your education, your career or even your access to housing.
Before paying the fine on a New York misdemeanor, discuss your potential defense strategies with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. You might have better options than you think.
To explore the full range of your defense alternatives, contact the office of James M. Wagman, Attorney at Law. I offer free consultations, and my 35 years of experience with the resolution of misdemeanor charges in the Hudson Valley’s town and village courts can give you a significant advantage.
Equipped To Defend You Against A Range Of Charges
I represent adults and juveniles on misdemeanor charges in Greene County, Ulster County, Columbia County, Dutchess County and Albany County. Examples of the cases I handle include:
- Misdemeanor assault
- Domestic assault
- Criminal traffic offenses
- Property crimes such as petty theft, shoplifting or vandalism
- DWI or DWAI, including underage DWI
- Drug possession
- Disorderly conduct
- Petit larceny
My main goal as a defense lawyer is to keep misdemeanor convictions off your criminal record. One option that works especially well for first offenders is adjournment in contemplation of dismissal (ACOD). This gives you a chance for eventual dismissal of the original charge if you can avoid trouble with the law for a specified period.