Steps to Take If Charged with a Misdemeanor

South Jersey MisdemeanorThough you may think of minor crimes by the more familiar term “misdemeanor”, the state of New Jersey does not use this particular term or categorize offenses that occur within its borders as either a misdemeanor or a crime. The state has chosen to use the terms “indictable crimes”, “petty disorderly person offenses”, and “disorderly person offenses”, with the latter two being roughly the same as those offenses referred to as misdemeanors in other jurisdictions. Both petty disorderly person offenses and disorderly person offenses carry penalties of less than one year in jail. Still, it is very important to treat these misdemeanor type crimes seriously and to ensure that you have competent, confident legal representation in order to minimize the impact on your life and make sure that your rights are defended. Richard M. Josselson is a South Jersey criminal lawyer who has the knowledge and experience you want and need on your side.

The least serious type of misdemeanor charge you can face in the state of New Jersey is the petty disorderly person offense, while disorderly person offenses are more serious. The latter can include such offenses as assault, resisting arrest, or possession of small quantities of marijuana, while the former includes charges such as disorderly conduct or harassment. Both can carry expensive fines and jail time: petty disorderly person offenses carry a potential fine of up to $500 and up to 30 days in jail, while disorderly person offenses can carry fines up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

Though neither the disorderly person offense or the petty disorderly person offense is as serious as an indictable crime, being convicted of either will leave you with a criminal record, and that means that if you are charged with another crime in the future, you may face harsher penalties. Additionally, having a criminal record can have an impact on your standing in the community, your ability to secure a job, your ability to get a mortgage or a professional license, and even from getting financial aid if you are a student. For all of these reasons, it is important that you take being charged with a misdemeanor very seriously and take the time to engage an attorney who understands how the system works and who will fight to protect your rights.

Richard M. Josselson is an experienced South Jersey attorney who works passionately on behalf of his clients. He has worked in the criminal justice system for over 39 years and brings his knowledge and sound judgment to every case and every client. He will work hard to make sure that every aspect of your case is closely looked at to determine whether there are plea options available, or even grounds for dismissal. If a trial is required, he will fight diligently on your behalf, questioning all evidence against you and offering a strong defense to get the charges against you dismissed. Contact the office today to learn more about how he can help.

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