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Criminal Defense Lawyer for Misdemeanors
Mr. Barkemeyer represents clients who have been arrested or received a summons/ticket and have court in Baton Rouge City Court. The case will be in Baton Rouge City Court, as opposed to District Court, only if the charge is a misdemeanor and the arresting agency was the Baton Rouge Police Department. The distinction is important because charges in Baton Rouge City Court are prosecuted according the Baton Rouge Municipal Code. Although the laws are similar to the state laws for misdemeanors, there are some differences regarding the elements of the offenses and sentencing provisions.
Mr. Barkemeyer is experienced and knowledgeable regarding the Municipal Code and how to successfully represent someone in Baton Rouge City Court. He can help with any charge you may have. See below for some of the misdemeanor charges in City Court.
- Simple Battery
- Battery of Police Officer
- Domestic Abuse Battery
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault
- Simple Criminal Damage to Property
- Criminal Mischief
- Underage Drinking
- Disturbing the Peace
- Urinating in Public
- Resisting an Officer
- Improper Telephone Communications
- Possession of Marijuana
- Open Container
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Trespass on BREC Parks
Misdemeanor Criminal Lawyer in Baton Rouge City Court
Misdemeanors are generally considered punishable by a year or even less in jail with not more than a thousand dollar fine. People who are charged with a misdemeanor are liable to serve out their sentence in a city or a county jail and not a state penitentiary which is reserved for people who are charged with felonies.
It is important to note the difference between a misdemeanor charge and a felony charge. Where a misdemeanor charge would be faced with serving limited jail time and a fine, a felony charge could be faced with serving a jail sentence that can be up to a lifetime and fines that can go up to millions of dollars. A misdemeanor charge would not deny a person voting rights or the right to hold any sort of professional license even though some professions would consider misdemeanor charge grounds to revoke a professional license, however, a felony charge would result in the loss of voting rights as well as the revoking of some certain professional licenses. Lastly, where a misdemeanor charge can be expunged from a person’s records, a felony charge cannot be expunged and it stays on record for life.
In the case of a misdemeanor charge, it usually begins with a ticket being written by a law enforcement officer or by the officer signing an affidavit to swear to being a witness against the person committing a crime. In most cases, the accused would be arrested on the charges of a misdemeanor and would have to be taken before a judge where bail would be set. If the bail conditions are met, the person can be released from jail but would be required to appear in court where they can either plead guilty or not guilty. If the person pleads not guilty, then a trial would be set by the court for another date.
In the event of a trial, the accused person has the right to confront and cross-examine all the witnesses to the alleged crime. The accused also has the right to either testify or not testify. The refusal to testify does not give the court a right to infer that the person is guilty. The accuser also has the right to call witnesses on their behalf using the court subpoena. During a trial, the court can choose to either use a jury or to simply conduct the trial in front of the judge. The use of a jury by the court would allow the accuser the right to give the jury instructions as to what the law is to the jury.
In as much as a misdemeanor charge is a lesser charge and the penalties are minimum and the cases hardly ever go to a jury trial, the fact that the cases are more often than not referred to a city court can prove to be rather devastating for the accuser. This is because, unlike other judges in other levels of the judiciary, the city court judges do not have to answer to the voters. This means that they answer to the city council and as such, they are vulnerable to pressure from the political office. This pressure can come as a result of the need for the city to raise revenue through the number of convictions and that would make a city court more liable to give out a harsher sentence to a misdemeanor charge.
There a lot of real-life and real-world consequences that can come from having a misdemeanor charge tried in a city court and because of this, it is important to get a seasoned misdemeanor criminal lawyer in Baton Rouge where trials in the city court and trials in the district court follow different rules.
A misdemeanor case goes to city court when the arrest is made by the Baton Rouge Police Department and in this the Baton Rouge city court, charges are prosecuted using the municipal code of Baton Rouge rather than the State law which is used in the district court. It is because of this distinction in codes of prosecution between the courts that a lawyer Baton Rouge city court for a criminal misdemeanor is important.
Carl Barkemeyer is a seasoned criminal misdemeanor lawyer in Baton Rouge City Court. Mr. Barkemeyer has gathered a wealth of experience with representing clients who have either receive a summons, a ticket or have been arrested and are meant to have court in the Baton Rouge City Court. His years of experience as a criminal misdemeanor lawyer city court has led him to become very knowledgeable and very experienced when it comes to the Baton Rouge Municipal Code. Mr. Barkemeyer also has experience when it comes to the successful representation of someone in the Baton Rouge city court.
Charges that would require the need of a criminal misdemeanor lawyer in Baton Rouge City Court include domestic abuse battery, simple battery, aggravated assault, simple assault, criminal mischief, battery of a police officer, theft, simple criminal damage to property, underage drinking, unauthorized use, prostitution, resisting an officer, urinating in public, possession of marijuana, disturbing the peace, improper telephone communications, drug paraphernalia, trespassing on BREC parks, possession of firearms and drugs at BREC parks, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and public drinking prohibited.
If you or anyone you know has been arrested with the charge of criminal misdemeanor and charged in the Baton Rouge City Court, then you are in need of the best criminal misdemeanor lawyer to effectively represent you.
Contact the Barkemeyer Law Firm at (225) 964-6720 if you need a criminal lawyer for a misdemeanor charge in Baton Rouge City Court.
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