A state crime criminal defense lawyer can help defend anyone accused of a misdemeanor, felony, or any violation of state laws. State laws have precedence over county, city, or municipal laws much like federal laws have precedence over state laws. State criminal cases are prosecuted by the State Attorney. State criminal defense cases can include misdemeanor or felony charges. These categories of violations of the state criminal code are further broken down according to degree or class and are punishable by each state's particular penalty code. Each state has its own interpretation of what constitutes a misdemeanor or a felony and the degree of the offense.
For the most part, a misdemeanor is identified as a lesser crime and it is usually punishable with a fine, community service, probation, mandatory treatment or counseling, and/or jail time of up to one year. These lessor violations are usually tried in the lowest local court such as municipal, police, or justice courts. Misdemeanors can include certain traffic violations, public nuisances, disturbing the peace, public drunkenness, petty theft, simple assault and battery, and drunk driving without injury. A felony is usually identified, as a more serious crime is typically punishable with a fine, community service, probation, mandatory treatment or counseling, and/or imprisonment over a year. Depending on the particular circumstances of the felony case, a person found guilty of a felony can be sentenced to less than one year in prison. Some crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the situation and the circumstance of the violation.
A state crime criminal defense lawyer can assist any person accused of any of the following crimes:
If you're in need of legal assistance, a free consultation with a local criminal defense attorney is the first step towards minimizing the damage.