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Criminal Defenses Against Misdemeanor Charges

Experienced legal representation against lesser crimes

When you say “criminal defense,” many people immediately think of felonies. But misdemeanor charges are also serious matters. A crime that can lead to a term in a state prison is generally a felony, but misdemeanors can also lead to jail time. In fact, a Long Island misdemeanor can subject someone to one year of incarceration at the county level. A misdemeanor on your record can also negatively influence your sentencing should you be convicted of other crimes in the future, and it can be a permanent stain on your record — affecting opportunities in employment, housing, and many other areas. But some people who face such charges consider them insignificant, or even choose to represent themselves when they get their day in court. Do not make this mistake. If you or a loved one faces a misdemeanor charge on Long Island or anywhere in the New York area, contact the law firm of Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC today.

Misdemeanor protocols

There are numerous crimes considered misdemeanors in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. These are typically divided into classes, A and B, and include but are not limited to such offenses as:

  • Certain types of thefts, like shoplifting or other small or “petit” larcenies
  • Some sex offenses, including prostitution
  • Criminal menacing
  • DWI or drunk driving
  • Aggravated harassment
  • Possession of controlled substances
  • Sale of controlled substances
  • Passing bad checks
  • Minor assaults
  • Public smoking of marijuana

When you are charged with a misdemeanor, the police issue you a citation or a complaint and summons describing the misdemeanor with which you are charged. You also get a date and time at which you must appear at the courthouse.

Nassau County criminal lawyers can help

The criminal attorneys at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC understand the tactics prosecutors use against you to secure a conviction. We value your good name and the value of preserving it in the future. We do not take these matters lightly, and we use the same tactics to protect your legal rights and freedoms as we would for a client charged with the most serious felony:

  • Investigate every detail of your case, breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of that case
  • Search for any elements of your arrest that might have violated your Constitutional rights, such as your protection against search and seizure or your Miranda rights
  • Assess the testimony and evidence against you
  • Identify and seek any evidence tending to be in your favor
  • Build the strongest possible defense against the charges under the particular circumstances that apply in your case

Reputable criminal attorneys fighting for your rights

The lawyers at Collins Gann McCloskey & Barry PLLC bring years of combined experience as Nassau and Kings County criminal attorneys to every case we try, regardless of whether our client is charged with a serious felony or a simple misdemeanor. Contact us online or at 516-294-0300 today.

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