Dana Morris is a Panama City Misdemeanor Lawyer
Accusations of criminal misconduct are always serious. Many people are under the mistaken impression that because a particular offense is a misdemeanor charge then it is only a minor issue. Without a good misdemeanor attorney advising them correctly, they often simply plead guilty to the offense and try to move on with their lives. In reality, any criminal record, regardless of the offense, has the potential to affect you for years. Fortunately, in many cases, a good experienced attorney can raise legal defenses or work out a plea arrangement that mitigates the legal consequences that a person is facing.
The Morris Law Firm is a Panama City Florida based criminal defense law firm that protects the legal rights of people who have been accused of a wide range of misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. Our firm provides aggressive representation and works hard to obtain the best possible outcome in each case we take.
What is a misdemeanor offense?
Generally speaking, a misdemeanor is an offense that is punishable by not more than one year in prison. They are distinct from felonies, which are punishable by more than one year in prison. Misdemeanors are generally considered less serious offenses, but can still result in significant legal consequences in the case of a conviction. Some offenses, such as a DUI while in Panama City or theft and shoplifting, can be either misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances of the offense. Some of the kinds of misdemeanor cases we routinely handle include the following:
|· Minor in possession
· Possession of marijuana
· Traffic offenses
· Simple assault
· Petty theft
· Disorderly conduct
· Shoplifting under three hundred dollars
· Possession of drug paraphernalia
· Disturbing the peace
These and other misdemeanor offenses have the potential to result in significant legal consequences, including probation, fines, mandatory drug or alcohol counseling, or even jail time. In addition, a criminal conviction often results in significant civil penalties (collateral consequences) as well, some of which may be more serious than the consequences imposed by the court. These can include the following:
- Difficulty obtaining employment
- Sanctions imposed by your school or work
- Damage to your reputation
- Trouble getting an apartment
- Difficulty obtaining a loan
A criminal conviction is normally part of the public record, meaning that anyone who is curious could potentially learn about your offense. As a result, it is imperative that anyone facing any type of criminal accusation discuss their circumstances with an attorney as soon as possible. Furthermore, The Morris Law Firm can guide you throughout the entire process including expungement.
Contact a Panama City misdemeanor attorney today to schedule a free consultation
Those facing any type of criminal case in Florida should retain an attorney immediately. Whether your legal issue stems from a Panama City beach spring break arrest or is related to a violent crime, attorney Dana Morris is here to help. Mr. Morris has been practicing law since 2000 and is committed to getting each client he represents the best possible outcome to his or her case. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Morris, please call our office today at (850) 257-5680 or send us an email through our online contact form.