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Criminal offenses classified as misdemeanors are less serious than felonies. However, gross or aggravated misdemeanors can result in fines up to $2000 and time spent in jail. You need a qualified and experienced Visalia criminal defense attorney on your side to defend your rights. For more than a decade, Hayden Smith has represented clients charged with a wide range of misdemeanors.
At the Law Office of Hayden G. Smith, we communicate with our clients throughout the entire process and always work in their best interests. Visalia criminal defense lawyer Hayden Smith is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Tulare County Bar Association. He is highly skilled and dedicated to protecting his clients' rights, whether negotiating a better deal with the DA or providing aggressive representation in court.
Misdemeanors in California
Under California Law, misdemeanors are classified by the potential time a defendant may be incarcerated. A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in county jail, although many offenses have a potential jail time of no more than six months. Examples include DUI, disorderly conduct, petty theft, driving with a suspended driver's license, public drunkenness, shoplifting, reckless driving, solicitation of prostitution, domestic violence, and probation violations.
- The criminal justice process for misdemeanors includes:
- Arraignment, where the defendant appears in court and enters a plea
- Pretrial hearing, where most charges can be resolved with a plea bargain or reduced charges
- Trial: When the case goes to trial, a jury must unanimously find the defendant guilty
Contact our Visalia Criminal Defense Attorney
Get in touch with the Law Office of Hayden G. Smith as soon as possible. This enables our legal team to get to work investigating your case, possibly have the charges reduced, negotiate a plea deal, or prepare for trial.
Hayden Smith offers a free telephone consultation for individuals charged with misdemeanors. Please contact our office today at (559) 205-2150 to discuss your case.