In Idaho, crimes are classified as either felonies or misdemeanors. When a crime is considered a felony, it can be punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty. While a misdemeanor is not as serious as a felony, it can still lead to expensive fines and a year in jail. Misdemeanor crimes in Idaho include, but are not limited to: traffic violations, vandalism, assault, DUI violations, and trespassing. If you’re not careful, a misdemeanor can sometimes turn into a felony depending on your past transgressions, particularly in DUI cases.
Punishments you can receive for a misdemeanor crime:
- Jail time
- Costly fines
- License suspension
- Rehabilitation classes
A misdemeanor conviction does show up on your criminal record. Unfortunately, this means your conviction could have a lasting impact on your ability to apply for jobs, advance your career, join an educational institution, or apply for a loan.
Legal Representation Is Important
A criminal defense case is often overwhelming and confusing to the inexperienced. Even if a misdemeanor is a “lesser crime,” it doesn’t mean you should take the situation lightly. Plus, you have a constitutional right to legal representation for any criminal charge. A criminal defense attorney will be able to assist you in navigating the challenges of court orders and jury trials.
A criminal defense lawyer can be an asset to your case by:
- Protecting your legal rights from being violated
- Building a strong defense
- Noticing investigation mistakes
- Negotiating with prosecutors
- Assisting in record expungements
Your lawyer is responsible for protecting your legal rights from being violated. Contact May, Rammell & Wells if you’re facing a misdemeanor conviction in Idaho. Our Pocatello criminal defense attorneys have over 70 years of collective experience and can confidently handle any misdemeanor case.
Contact May, Rammell & Wells at (208) 623-8021 to request a consultation.