Some folks in Bakersfield think that if they’ve run afoul of the law and only been charged with a misdemeanor that they can breathe easy. That’s just flat out wrong thinking.
A misdemeanor charge still has plenty of teeth in it and can cause you a lot of legal headaches.
You could still wind up going to jail for up to a year. And you may have to pay thousands of dollars in fines. And even though it’s “just a misdemeanor”, you will still wind up with a permanent public record. That record will continue to impact many parts of your life including background checks, applying for a job, trying to secure credit, and so forth.
You need to treat this as a serious matter and retain an attorney who will work to protect your rights and keep your record spotless.
Possible Legal Options Against a Misdemeanor Charge
If you have an aggressive and sharp attorney, they may be able to work with the local courts to try and plea bargain down the misdemeanor to an infraction where penalties are much less. Depending on the crime and your personal circumstances, it may also be possible to get into some kind of diversion program that will keep your record clean upon completion, especially if you are a first-time offender.
Of course, if you are innocent, then fighting the charges vigorously is always an option too. The important thing is to consider all possibilities when trying to resolve a misdemeanor case.
Explore All Your Legal Options in a Misdemeanor Case
Bo Koenig is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has invested many years in the Kern County area since becoming a California State University student. A graduate of the San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno, Mr. Koenig is a solo practitioner who is a hands-on advocate of justice who aggressively fights for dismissals, reduced charges and probation for his clients.
Located in Bakersfield, Koenig Law Office also serves clients in Delano, Lamont, Arvin, Mojave, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi, and communities throughout Kern County.