Misdemeanor Lawyer in Hartford CT

Misdemeanors are a category of crimes that includes non-violent crimes and lower levels of violent crimes that are less serious and carry smaller penalties than felonies. Nonetheless, misdemeanor charges can themselves be serious and convictions can hold heavy consequences if the defense case is not properly handled.

The Law Office of Michael Chambers Jr is dedicated to representing clients with all kinds of legal problems, large or small, with the understanding that every criminal charge can have life-changing consequences. We promise to apply our expertise toward addressing your personal situation, identifying your options and fighting for the best possible outcomes.

What is considered a misdemeanor in Connecticut?

In Connecticut, misdemeanors are classified in classes based on their seriousness and the punishments that they carry.

Class A misdemeanors include criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment, prostitution and related crimes, criminal trespass, certain credit card crimes, criminal impersonation, forgery, riot and incitement to riot. It also covers lesser degrees of some crimes that are usually felonies, such as: assault, sexual assault, abuse, larceny, intimidation, coercion, money laundering and computer crimes.

Class B misdemeanors include cheating while gambling, misuse of 911 and issuing a bad check, in addition to less serious cases of reckless endangerment, trespass, criminal mischief, larceny, forgery, riot, computer crime and vendor fraud.

Class C misdemeanors include disorderly conduct, ATM fraud, DUIs, criminal lockout and minor criminal trespasses, mischief, larceny and harassment.

What are the penalties for misdemeanors in Connecticut?

For each class of misdemeanor the State of Connecticut has set maximum punishments of fines and jail time, but it is up to the judge to set the exact criminal penalties in each case. In general, more serious crimes and higher levels of culpability will lead to stricter punishments but specialized criminal defense attorneys can often convince the court that their clients are less responsible or that their actions are unlikely to be repeated.

Class A misdemeanors convictions can result in imprisonment for up to one year and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Class B misdemeanors are capped at six months and $1,000. Class C cases face up to three months of jail time and $500, whereas convictions for class D misdemeanors are punishable by no more than 30 days in jail or a fine of $250.

Law Firm concentrating in misdemeanor charges in Hartford CT

Even though misdemeanors are often classified as minor crimes, even the possibility of large fines, jail terms and a criminal record can dramatically impact your life and your future. It is vital that you take every step possible to avoid a conviction or to minimize the penalties involved – the first and most important of these steps is to consult an outstanding and specialized criminal attorney.

Because Connecticut criminal law only sets upper limits for misdemeanor penalties, the way that you present your case to the court is the biggest factor in determining sentencing. Only an experienced misdemeanor lawyer is capable of convincing the judge that you should not be punished to the maximum extent possible and even after an acquittal, expungement of the misdemeanor charge requires a diligent and zealous criminal legal advocate to properly pursue.

The Law Office of Michael Chambers Jr serves clients in Hartford and surrounding areas.

At the Law Office of Michael Chambers Jr, we deal with every case seriously and professionally. Although every case is unique, our many years of experience with all kinds of misdemeanors in Connecticut equip us to tailor our legal knowledge to your particular circumstances. We will represent you by fighting in every way possible to avoid a conviction, to reduce the charges against you, or to limit the severity and the impact of the penalties for your misdemeanor.

If you are facing a misdemeanor charge, we are ready to assist at any hour of the day, all over the Greater Hartford Area and surrounds:

  •         Hartford
  •         New Britain
  •         Enfield
  •         Manchester
  •         Rockville
  •         New Haven

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