Skilled Criminal Defense From A Former Prosecutor
There are thousands of ways to break the law, and many of these are considered criminal acts. While it is tempting to think that a misdemeanor charge is “no big deal,” the consequences can be further reaching than you might expect. Therefore, it is important to face any criminal charge with the help of a skilled attorney.
When you contact Corey Morris Law, you’ll be represented by an attorney with prosecutorial experience. I know how Ohio prosecutors build cases, particularly in the Cincinnati area, and that informs the defense strategies I can implement on your behalf. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor of any type, I will put my inside knowledge to work for you.
Understanding How Charges Are Classified
Ohio breaks misdemeanor charges into five different classes or degrees, depending on how serious they are considered to be. First-degree misdemeanors are the most serious, followed by second-, third-, and fourth-degree charges. These charges can be formidable. Conviction for a first-degree misdemeanor (such as carrying a gun without a permit or petty theft) can result in up to 180 days in jail and fines as high as $1,000.
Finally, there are offenses categorized as minor misdemeanors, which are likely to be resolved with a fine and no jail time. These would include offenses like disorderly conduct or reckless driving.
What Were You Charged With?
Some of the most common misdemeanor charges that I can help you with include:
- Disorderly conduct
- Petty theft
- Certain drug offenses
- Traffic offenses like speeding
- Some drunk driving (DUI) charges
As soon as you contact my firm, I set to work investigating the charges as well as the evidence so that I can help you understand all of your legal options.
Are Misdemeanors Really That Bad?
While a misdemeanor charge is certainly less serious than a felony, you still need to answer for it and resolve it through the criminal justice system. Plus, not all consequences are criminal in nature. Having a conviction on your record can make it very difficult to get hired for a desirable job or get approved for good housing. If you are a high school or college student, a criminal conviction can make it harder to get into or stay enrolled in college, and may make you ineligible for federal student loans.
The bottom line is simple: All criminal charges need to be treated seriously and addressed with the help of a good attorney.
Contact Me To Discuss Your Charges And Legal Options
Corey Morris Law is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and serves clients throughout the surrounding areas. To schedule your initial consultation, call me at 513-548-5990 or fill out my online contact form.