Misdemeanor Criminal Defense

Choose Experienced Misdemeanor Criminal Defense in Vancouver, Washington

The idea of misdemeanor criminal defense is illustrated with a photo of a police officer pulling over a car.If you’re accused of a misdemeanor in Washington state, do you need a criminal defense lawyer? Yes. An attorney will advise you and protect your rights. Your attorney stands with you as you face the police, the prosecutor and the judge.

A criminal conviction has serious consequences, affecting employment and family life. Careers and reputations are on the line when criminal charges are filed.

Someone guilty of a gross misdemeanor in Washington faces a maximum sentence of 364 days in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

The attorneys at Northwest Legal Advocates are former prosecutors and have gone into private practice. They understand the court system and how prosecutors build a case. Our attorneys have defended people charged with misdemeanors and felonies.

Two Types of Misdemeanors

A misdemeanor is less serious than a felony, but defendants still need to mount a defense. Defendants without an attorney navigate the complex criminal justice system on their own.

Misdemeanors are classified as either simple or gross.

Gross Misdemeanors

Gross misdemeanors carry tougher sentences than simple misdemeanors. If convicted of a gross misdemeanor, you could be sentenced to one day under a year in jail and fined up to $5,000. Some defendants are required to attend classes, be on probation or serve time on work crew or doing community service.

Each state classifies misdemeanor crimes differently. Washington gross misdemeanors include shoplifting, reckless driving, assault, domestic violence assaults and drunk driving.

Those convicted of certain misdemeanors may lose their driver’s license or right to own a gun. They could be sentenced to a work crew or to community service. The conviction will be a public record.

Simple Misdemeanors

A simple misdemeanor has a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. Simple misdemeanors include negligent driving, driving with a suspended license and disorderly conduct.

As with gross misdemeanors, the convicted can face a combination of fines, jail time and community service. Sentencing varies depending on the crime, the court and judge. Having an attorney on your side gives you the best chance of moving smoothly through criminal procedures.

Washington Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyers

The team at Northwest Legal Advocates is committed to getting the best outcome for clients. Every case is different. In some circumstances, we may ask for a reduction or dismissal of charges. At other times, a plea bargain can save a client from going to trial. When a case does go to trial, we will mount an aggressive defense.

If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor, contact Northwest Legal Advocates to arrange a free consultation.