Murfreesboro Misdemeanor Lawyer
Vigorously Defending the Accused in Tennessee
Misdemeanors are simply crimes that are not felonies. They are considered to be less serious and thus carry less severe penalties. Although they are deemed lesser offenses, you should not believe that a criminal charge of this nature is unimportant or that you can talk your way out by yourself in court. The state of Tennessee does not take them lightly. When charged with a misdemeanor, you will be subject to the legal processes of the criminal court system. You may have little or no experience with this system and thus lack the understanding of how to defend yourself effectively.
All criminal charges require the services of a legal representative. At the Law Office of Michael Auffinger, you can rely on a criminal defense lawyer who is experienced, resolute, and aggressive when it comes to protecting your legal rights and seeing that you receive fair treatment. Attorney Auffinger has handled thousands of criminal cases throughout his career, bringing forceful advocacy to clients facing even the most severe and complex charges. He has a thorough knowledge of the law, how courts view various criminal charges, and available defenses. Whether through negotiation with a prosecutor or bringing compelling evidence before a judge and jury, he has the skills and dedication you need to protect your rights and your future.
Misdemeanor Charges in Tennessee
Misdemeanor crimes in Tennessee are broken down into three classes.
- Class A, the most serious
- Class B
- Class C, the least serious
Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to year in jail and/or fines of up to $2,500. Examples of these crimes include simple possession of marijuana (one-half ounce or less), possession of drug paraphernalia, DUI, theft of property valued at $1,000 or less, assault, and domestic assault.
Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in county jail and/or fines of up to $500. Examples of these crimes include aggravated criminal trespass (entering or remaining on a property without permission), prostitution, and reckless driving.
Class C misdemeanors are punishable by up to 30 days in county jail and/or a fine of up to $50. Examples of these offenses including public intoxication and speeding.
Other examples of misdemeanors include loitering, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, and vandalism. Any misdemeanor conviction will leave you with a permanent criminal record that can have negative effects on gaining jobs, being eligible for renting an apartment or home, getting financial aid, and more. This “collateral” damage to your life can be long-term which is why it is important to have a strong and aggressive defense. A successful defense can lead to charges being dropped, reduced charges and/or sentencing, or winning your case at trial.
Even if you are convicted of a misdemeanor, Tennessee allows many misdemeanor offenses to be erased from your record through the process of expungement. The Law Office of Michael Auffinger can provide legal guidance for this process should you be eligible.
Call for a Consultation Today
Attorney Michael Auffinger is prepared to investigate and build a defense strategy on your behalf in any misdemeanor charge. He has the experience, knowledge, and determination to go the extra mile in advocating for your rights and pursuing the best possible outcome. Your first step is to discuss the specifics of your criminal case with him so he can begin the legal process.
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