Criminal Attorneys & DWI Lawyers in Covington, New Orleans, and Shreveport Louisiana
Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyer in Louisiana
The Barkemeyer Law Firm is a Louisiana misdemeanor criminal law firm. We provide an aggressive defense for all types of misdemeanor charges in Louisiana and the surrounding area. Whether you have received a misdemeanor summons or were arrested, legal representation can make a huge difference in your case.
There are two ways you can receive a misdemeanor. First, is by receiving a misdemeanor summons. Most often, a person receives a ticket that lists the misdemeanor charges. Second, a person can receive a misdemeanor by being arrested, depending on the type of misdemeanor.
Technically, a misdemeanor is any crime other than a felony. Felonies are crimes that may carry a sentence of hard labor. Misdemeanors in Louisiana generally carry a potential sentence of up to six moths in parish jail.
Misdemeanors should not be taken lightly. Many misdemeanor convictions may be enhanceable, meaning that a subsequent charge may become a felony. The judge can put you in jail for up to six months on a single charge. An experienced criminal defense attorney is necessary to defend these charges.
When being charged of a crime in Louisiana, there are two different levels of crime that can be applied to your case. The first level is known as a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors are the lower level of crime and are usually known as the less serious and less penalized level. These misdemeanor charges can include crimes such as simple assault, simple theft, reckless driving, drug paraphernalia, and many more. Misdemeanor crimes tend to have lighter sentences and decreased penalties because they are the lower severity crimes. The second level of crimes that you can be convicted of are defined as felonies. Felonies are the more serious crimes that usually involve more bodily injury, putting people in harm’s way and endangering lives. However, there are some felony crimes that don’t involve dangering lives and are still considered more serious. Some examples of felony crimes in Louisiana include fraud, forgery, aggravated assault, rape, murder, and many more. Felonies will carry much stricter punishments than misdemeanors and almost always have a minimum prison sentence. If you are convicted of a crime in Louisiana, whether it be a misdemeanor or felony, it is highly recommended to reach out for legal assistance immediately. Carl Barkemeyer is a highly experienced criminal defense attorney who has been defending misdemeanor cases for many years and has found success in defending them. Mr. Barkemeyer and his legal team can aid you in crafting a defense for your misdemeanor case that will be tailored to your exact circumstances and can potentially lessen your penalties for the accused crime. Contact us as soon as possible for legal assistance in your misdemeanor case.
What is a Misdemeanor?
Misdemeanors are considered as the less serious crimes that you can be charged with in the United States including Louisiana. They will most likely carry less strict penalties than felonies and don’t always have a minimum prison sentence. However, even though they are less serious than felonies, they should still be taken seriously and defended against in court with the best effort possible. The definition of a misdemeanor crime in Louisiana is essentially any crime that is not considered a felony. Crimes are considered as felonies when they carry a minimum prison sentence of one year, so any crime that does not have one or more years of minimum prison time will be considered as misdemeanors in Louisiana. Here are some common misdemeanors in Louisiana:
- DWI/DUI – first or second offense
- Underage DWI/DUI
- Hit and Run
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP)
- Reckless Driving
- Careless Operation
- Criminal Mischief
- Improper Telephone Communications
- Possession of Marijuana – first offense
- Prostitution – first offense
- Disturbing the Peace
- All other misdemeanors on the books
There are many other crimes in Louisiana that are considered misdemeanors but these are the most commonly convicted ones that can be seen by the public throughout the state. It is important to know which misdemeanor crime you are being charged with so that the defense of your case can be tailored to your exact crime with the specific circumstances that are involved.
Penalties for Misdemeanors
Even though misdemeanors are considered as the less serious crimes that can be committed, they can still carry very severe penalties with them that can drastically hurt your future and the futures of your loved ones. The exact penalties that you will be facing as punishment are determined by the type of crime that you are being charged with. Each type of misdemeanor will have its own penalties that must be enacted if you are found guilty of the crime. Some examples of punishment for being convicted of a misdemeanor in Louisiana are as follows:
Reckless operation of a vehicle:
- Whoever commits the crime of reckless operation of a vehicle shall be fined not more than $200, or imprisoned for not more than ninety days, or both.
- On a second or subsequent conviction the offender shall be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than $500, or imprisoned for not less than ten days nor more than six months, or both.
Prostitution, first offense:
- Whoever commits the crime of prostitution shall be fined not more than $200, or imprisoned for not more than ninety days, or both.
Both of these examples of misdemeanor crimes have jail minimum jail times that are less than one year which classifies them as misdemeanors instead of felonies. However, they both still have extensive penalties that can drastically hurt your future and should be taken seriously.
How can we help?
Misdemeanor crimes are often known as the less serious crimes across the nation and including Louisiana. They have decreased penalties compared to felonies and aren’t treated as harshly either. However, this does not defeat the fact that misdemeanors are still serious crimes that can land you in jail or force you to pay hefty fines that most people will not have the time or money to deal with. Because of this, it is still very important to seek the assistance of a competent and experienced criminal defense attorney like Carl Barkemeyer. Mr. Barkemeyer and his legal team of Baton Rouge criminal lawyers have been defending misdemeanor cases for many years and have a strong knowledge of the Louisiana legal system to help in defending your cases. He will look at all the evidence involved and observe which misdemeanor crime you are being convicted of so that a defense case can be crafted and tailored to your exact circumstances. Being charged with a misdemeanor crime can hurt your future opportunities and severely decrease your quality of life so it is imperative to fight for your freedom in court. If you have recently been charged with a misdemeanor crime in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, contact us for legal aid.
Contact the Barkemeyer Law Firm if you need a lawyer for a misdemeanor in Louisiana.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION WITH OUR LAWYERS
Louisiana DWI & Criminal Lawyers
Louisiana criminal lawyers and DWI attorneys at the Barkemeyer Law Firm providing legal defense services for clients in Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston, Tangipahoa, Port Allen, Alexandria, New Orleans, Lafayette, Metairie, Kenner, Gretna, Hahnville, Chalmette, Slidell, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John, St. Bernard, Mandeville, Covington, Shreveport, Bossier, Jefferson, and all of Louisiana.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is not formal legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.