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Should I Hire an Attorney for a Misdemeanor?

There are many reasons an individual may be charged with a misdemeanor offense in Illinois. No matter your exact situation, it’s important not to underestimate the potential consequences of a misdemeanor. Just because these charges are less severe than a felony doesn’t mean that you should take them lightly. You should contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who can safeguard your rights.  

Those charged with a misdemeanor should consider these reasons for hiring a lawyer who will advocate for their future. Attorney Jonathan Minkus offers tenacious legal guidance through your case. Contact our firm to receive advice specifically regarding your situation. 

Understanding Your Rights

The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides the right to legal counsel during a criminal case, and that’s applicable to an individual charged with a misdemeanor. When you’re charged with a misdemeanor, you need an attorney who is knowledgeable of the criminal justice system. Hiring an attorney means protecting your best interests, since we provide in-depth information regarding the nature of the charges you face as well as what to expect during the process. 

Possible Consequences of a Misdemeanor

Some people may believe that a misdemeanor is easier to deal with since the weight of the charges is less than that of a felony. However, in Illinois, there are several consequences of a misdemeanor that warrants the assistance of an attorney: 

  • You Might Face Jail Time. In Illinois, there are three different classes of misdemeanors: Class A, Class B and Class C. A Class C misdemeanor conviction carries a maximum 30-day prison term. A Class B misdemeanor conviction carries a prison sentence of up to six months. Lastly, a Class A misdemeanor conviction carries the most severe penalty, which is a maximum one-year prison sentence. 
  • You May End Up With a Criminal Record. Anyone who is arrested automatically receives a criminal record. However, the arrest could be expunged if you are not convicted. A criminal conviction permanently affects your ability to get housing, enter college, find work and live an otherwise normal life. 
  • You Likely Don’t Understand the Legal Process. An experienced attorney like Jonathan Minkus knows how criminal laws work in Illinois. By contrast, you may be unfamiliar with most of these laws, and attempting to self-represent may lead to further issues down the line. With an attorney, you can explore how various criminal laws influence the charges you face, and how it may be possible to defend your innocence. A private lawyer is an advocate who is committed to your best interests. 

Ultimately, a misdemeanor charge is not something you should take lightly. These charges can have significant, life-altering consequences, just like more severe charges can. As soon as you are accused of a crime, contact an attorney. Attempting to clear up the situation on your own can harm your chances of a reduced or dismissed sentence. Our legal team is prepared to help you every step of the way. 

Call Our Illinois Criminal Defense Attorneys Today

If you were accused of a crime and now face a misdemeanor charge, contact The Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus right away. We can set up a consultation to prepare you for the road ahead. 

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