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Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer for a Misdemeanor?

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Do I Need to Hire a Lawyer for a Misdemeanor?


Because misdemeanors are not as serious of an offense compared to felonies, many people do not consider hiring a criminal defense lawyer when facing such criminal charges. However, no matter what type of charge you face, a conviction will always result in serious consequences.

The following are three reasons why you need to hire an attorney for a misdemeanor:

  1. You can still spend time behind bars – A misdemeanor conviction in Nevada carries a maximum jail sentence of six months. Additionally, a gross misdemeanor conviction is punishable by a jail term of up to 364 days. Lastly, some terms carry minimum jail sentences, such as misdemeanor domestic battery.

  2. You will have a criminal record – While being a convicted felon can result in the loss of gun and voting rights, having a misdemeanor conviction on your criminal record can prevent you from finding a job, getting accepted into college, and living a normal life.

  3. You do not understand the criminal justice system – Whether it is your first or fourth time facing criminal charges, you do not have extensive knowledge of the legal process to obtain the most favorable outcome. If you let the legal system take its course, you will most likely end up serving the maximum penalties allowed by law. While you have the option of obtaining legal help from a public defender, they may not have the time and resources to get the results you desire.

If you are facing misdemeanor charges in Reno, look no further than the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover for aggressive and knowledgeable legal services. Attorney Stover is a former prosecutor for several counties throughout Nevada with more than 25 years of experience. He knows what it takes to either help you avoid conviction or get your charges/sentence reduced to avoid jail time.

Contact us today at (775) 502-1575 for a free consultation. Successfully defended clients in 70 courts throughout Nevada!

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