Adult Misdemeanor Criminal Offenses

Understanding the nature of your legal problem is critical to avoiding mistakes early in your case. Please review the Quick Info for Adult Misdemeanor Criminal Offenses page which includes the Who, What, When, Where and How.

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Understanding Adult Misdemeanor Criminal Offenses

Misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor offenses are defined by statute. Common misdemeanors include DUI, Assault and Domestic Violence. Some traffic offenses can actually be criminal traffic offenses such as Hit and Run, Reckless Driving, Negligent Driving, etc. The offenses most vigorously prosecuted are DUI and Domestic Violence. The latter often is prosecuted by specialized prosecutors with training in domestic violence and who focus on nothing other than domestic violence prosecution. DUIs carry a host of penalties far beyond jail that can impact a person’s ability to accomplish the basics of daily life.

Resolving Your Case

Many misdemeanor offenses may be maneuvered into a favorable outcome. Many jurisdictions have prosecutors who are interested in resolution of a case for budgetary and time resource reasons. Many jurisdictions have ways of resolving misdemeanors that do not result in conviction.

Of course, not all jurisdictions offer favorable processes for resolution or prosecutors who are ready to offer a deal. The good news is that a private attorney has vastly more time and resources to devote to preparing a case than the general city attorney will have. While at first the notion of the government charging a person with a crime is daunting, hard work, persistence and knowledgeable representation levels that playing field.