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It’s true that misdemeanor charges are considered less severe than felonies. At the same time, that doesn’t mean being arrested for a misdemeanor is an easy experience. The penalties and consequences can still impact every aspect of your life, both day-to-day and long-term.
That’s why the best thing you can do next is to hire a focused, intelligent Massachusetts criminal defense attorney. At Fogarty Law, our attorney Courtney K. Fogarty has spent more than 10 years winning favorable outcomes for clients facing misdemeanor charges.
Below, you’ll find information and answers related to the questions she hears most often.
After you’re arrested for misdemeanor charges in MA, the next steps are generally:
Examples of misdemeanor charges in Massachusetts include:
But these are just a few examples. According to MA law, any crime punishable by time in a state penitentiary or death is a felony. All other crimes are considered misdemeanors.
When you hire an experienced, knowledgeable Massachusetts criminal defense attorney, they’ll be able to fight for you in court no matter what you’re charged with. Our attorney Courtney K. Fogarty has successfully represented clients facing misdemeanor charges for more than 10 years.
If you’re ready to learn more about defense strategies that may work for your case, contact our law office today or call us at (508) 317-0339.
The possible sentencing outcomes for a misdemeanor conviction in Massachusetts include:
Your sentencing outcome depends on the seriousness of the offense, your past criminal record, and a few other details. The judge must weigh all of these factors when deciding how they’ll sentence you.
But keep in mind, the consequences stemming from misdemeanor charges can go far beyond those imposed by the court.
The conviction will appear on your record for years to come. And depending on the nature of the charges, you could be barred from certain housing or employment opportunities. People in your family and/or community may treat you differently as a result, too.
You can expunge or seal your misdemeanor record in Massachusetts by filing a petition with the court to do so. But you can’t just turn around and file the paperwork immediately after you’re sentenced.
Instead, you have to wait until 3 years from the date you completed all parts of your misdemeanor sentence. Additionally, this option was designed specifically for younger people to get a second chance at life. So, you can only go this route if the offenses were committed before your 21st birthday.
There is an option for non-time-based expungement, too. If, for example, you were convicted due to:
Then you’re eligible for this sealing/expungement option.
That said, there’s quite a few subtle details that impact which avenues for sealing or expungement are available to you. Talking with a knowledgeable Massachusetts criminal defense attorney is the best way to fully understand all your options and the path to get there.
A Massachusetts criminal defense attorney can help with your misdemeanor charges by:
Navigating the legal system on your own is a tall order—let alone doing so and achieving a favorable outcome. That’s why you shouldn’t try to carry this heavy burden alone.
Working with an expert, focused Massachusetts criminal defense attorney gives you the best chance of beating your misdemeanor charges. Contact us at Fogarty Law or call (508) 317-0339 now to start building your custom defense strategy. Don’t leave your future up to chance.