This is the final post in our series on whether you should hire a private attorney for your Virginia misdemeanor charge. Our last post discussed why hiring a lawyer for stalking charges can prevent a criminal conviction. In this post, we will summarize this series and provide some final thoughts.
Throughout our this series we have discussed specific misdemeanor charges that people often make the mistake of not taking seriously. Topics we have covered include:
We have also explained why, in Virginia not everyone is eligible for a public defender. The biggest mistake a person can make is to fail to understand the gravity of the situation when charged with a misdemeanor. Many times a person may assume that taking a plea from the prosecutor is the cheapest and best way to handle a charge. This is not the case; fines incurred from taking a plea deal may be more than what the cost of what a private lawyer would charge to handle the case. Many people also do not consider the collateral damage of having a criminal record; in the long run you may lose the ability to obtain the employment of your choice and harm your future earning power.
Acquiring a misdemeanor charge may also become significant should more serious charges be filed against you in the future. Punishment for issues such as domestic violence, stalking, and drug possession become increasingly harsh with every additional conviction. Prior convictions will also bias a jury and may increase your chances of being convicted in the future. Aggressively fighting misdemeanors in the present is the best way to protect your future.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor it is important to take these charges seriously. Contact our Virginia Beach criminal defense lawyers today for a free consultation. We also service Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, as well as in the surrounding counties of Northampton, Isle of Wight, York, and James City.