Misdemeanor Lawyer in Santa Rosa
Contact Our Experienced Defense Attorney For Counsel About Your Misdemeanor Charges
If you are facing misdemeanor charges, I urge you to contact me at The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia. I have over 15 years of experience representing clients against misdemeanor and felony charges, and have handled numerous jury trials throughout my career. In an effort to provide immediate assistance to those facing criminal charges, I gladly offer phone consultations over the phone so you can get some immediate insight and direction into your case.
Three Types of Criminal Cases
In California, there are three types of criminal cases: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Infractions are minor violations; for example, many traffic violations are infractions. Infractions are generally punishable by a fine and there is no jail time.
A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by:
- 6 or 12 months in a county jail, and/or
- A $1,000 fine (imposed for most misdemeanors)
Common examples of misdemeanors include:
- Petty theft
- Driving with a suspended license
- Marijuana possession (for personal use)
Why do I need a criminal defense lawyer?
With any misdemeanor or felony case, you should engage an aggressive Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney. While you have the right to represent yourself in criminal court, the consequences of a criminal conviction can be life-altering and you can wind up incarcerated and with a permanent criminal record. It is always best to have an experienced defense lawyer represent you so that your best interests are protected.
Criminal convictions can prevent people from holding many types of jobs. Only an experienced Santa Rosa criminal attorney will know how the justice system works, which options are available to you, and what the likely outcomes are for each different option.