Misdemeanor Criminal Defense
Are you facing misdemeanor charges? The Smelyansky Law Firm offers misdemeanor criminal defense for a wide range of charges. Most crimes that individuals are charged with on a day-to-day basis are misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are “lower level” offenses than felonies, in that misdemeanors generally carry no (or little) prison time for first-time offenders and are often punished by fines, community service, or probationary periods. Often, these offenses can be “expunged” from a criminal record, thereby allowing the offender to move on with their lives after compliance with the terms and conditions of their sentence.
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The most common misdemeanors in New York are petit (petty) theft, minor drug and alcohol violations such as simple possession, assault, battery, and many other first-time offenses. Although misdemeanors are considered lower-level crimes in comparison to felonies, these crimes still require legal counsel in order to lessen the chances of conviction. Additionally, being convicted of one misdemeanor opens the gateway to more serious crimes, should subsequent offenses be committed in the future. Contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney at our firm is the best way to minimize the negative effects of a criminal conviction on your future and to move forward with your life.