Misdemeanor criminal offenses are generally considered to be less serious crimes than gross misdemeanor offenses or felony offenses. However, when you are charged with committing a misdemeanor crime, you still cannot take the charges lightly. Being charged with a misdemeanor offense could still result in your incarceration and could still have very serious consequences for your future as you will be left with a criminal record if you are convicted of the offense.
Nevada laws establish penalties for misdemeanor offenses in N.R.S. 193.150. The extent of penalties will vary depending upon the classification of the misdemeanor offense with which you have been charged. LV Criminal Defense can explain to you the potential penalties associated with your alleged crime and can help you to identify the legal strategy that is right for you.
Our Nevada criminal lawyers will work hard to help you get acquitted of offenses or to get charges dropped, both of which would mean you’d face no penalties at all. In appropriate circumstances, we can also negotiate plea deals on your behalf to reduce the penalties you could potentially face.
These plea deals can involve pleading to a lesser charge or making a deal with a prosecutor to admit guilt in exchange for a limited penalty. We have the negotiating experience and strong knowledge of Nevada law necessary to help you get the best outcomes possible in any situation where you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense, so give us a call today.
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According to N.R.S. 193.150, a person who is convicted of a misdemeanor offense will generally face a penalty of up to six months of incarceration in the county jail. This six month term of incarceration is the maximum period of time that a person who commits a misdemeanor could be jailed upon conviction, in most circumstances. A defendant who is convicted of a misdemeanor criminal offense could also face a maximum fine of up to $1,000. In many cases, defendants are both fined and subject to a period of incarceration.
However, N.R.S. 193.150 explains that there is an exception to this general rule regarding punishment for misdemeanor offenses. If the statute defining the misdemeanor specified a different penalty at the time when the misdemeanor offense was committed, then the penalty that was outlined in the statute will be applicable.
N.R.S. 193.150 also explains that if a person is convicted of a misdemeanor, that individual could be sentenced to community service in lieu of all or part of the punishment specified in the first part of the statute. A defendant, therefore, could be sentenced to community service instead of jail and a fine. The defendant could also be sentenced to a smaller fine and a shorter term in jail along with required community service hours.
Misdemeanor offenses carry less harsh penalties than gross misdemeanors, and the penalties for a misdemeanor are much less severe than the consequences that are associated with a defendant being convicted of a felony criminal offense.
Don’t assume you can handle misdemeanor charges on your own, even if the charges do not seem that serious. A record of a conviction on your record could still affect your future in profound ways, and being found guilty could still lead to harsh penalties that interfere with your life.
LV Criminal Defense will fight for your reputation and freedom by working to help you avoid a misdemeanor conviction. Just give us a call today to find out how our Las Vegas criminal lawyers can advocate for you as you navigate the criminal justice system when you have been accused of a misdemeanor offense.