Experienced Criminal Defense For Misdemeanor Offenses
A misdemeanor is not a simple matter. You’ve been accused of committing a crime and it can impact your life. Penalties for a misdemeanor can include jail time, probation, fines and court costs, license suspension or revocation, mandatory counseling, alcohol or drug evaluations, community service, restitution and more. The conviction on your record might even affect your employment opportunities.
At the Law Office of Lynne A. Papazian, we understand that any criminal charge can have serious life consequences. We will assert your rights and vigorously defend you to avoid a conviction or soften the punishment. Call our lawyers today for a free initial consultation.
What Is A Misdemeanor?
By definition, a misdemeanor is any crime punishable by no more than one year in jail. Misdemeanors are rarely punished by months behind bars, but some jail time may apply and the fines and other penalties can be harsh. Attorney Lynne Papazian has defended people accused of a wide range of misdemeanors, such as:
- Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- Traffic offenses
- Marijuana possession
- Shoplifting and other thefts
- Assault charges
- Disorderly conduct
You Should Not Go To Court Alone On A Misdemeanor
Many believe that hiring an attorney for a misdemeanor is not worth it, that it’s too expensive and that they can handle the process alone. Hiring an attorney to protect your rights is not only the right move, but considering what you could be losing, it is also worth the cost.
Whether taking the matter to trial or securing a plea, having an attorney by your side is the smart move. Ms. Papazian will make every effort to get the charges dismissed or reduced, or to mitigate the penalties. You may be eligible for diversion programs that avoid jail and keep the offense off your record. But without a lawyer, you are less likely to end up with any of these favorable outcomes.
Call Us Right Away If You Are Charged With A Crime
Before talking to police or going to court, call our law firm to find out how we can help in a free consultation. We practice in the municipal courts of Albany County, Schenectady County and Rensselaer County. Call 518-880-9159 or reach us by email.