In Louisiana, crimes are usually classified into two categories, felonies or misdemeanors. The distinction made between the crimes, and their classification happens to be subject to a case by case basis instead of a set distinction.

What is a Misdemeanor

Misdemeanors in Louisiana are crimes other than felonies, and while they are not classified as severe as a felony, they should not be taken lightly. Many misdemeanor convictions may intensify, meaning that a subsequent charge could possibly become a felony. The judge can put you in jail for up to six months on a single charge. An experienced criminal defense attorney like Keith Whiddon is necessary to defend these charges. Felonies are crimes that are classified as the most serious types of offenses which can be either violent or non-violent, and generally include a jail sentence.

One of the many criminal charges that a citizen of Louisiana can face happens to be the crime of misdemeanor. Moreover, Louisiana classifies misdemeanor charges into different classes in the same way as many other states in the country do. The different classes of misdemeanor charges exist because Louisiana treats very small and minute offences as misdemeanor charges and not all of them carry the same magnitude. Therefore, a class system exists to create distinction between misdemeanor charges and crimes.

Louisiana misdemeanor crimes include crimes such as:

  • DWI/DUI – first or second offense
  • Underage DWI/DUI
  • Alcohol in a motor vehicle
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • 1st offense possession of marijuana
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Reckless driving
  • Careless operation
  • Battery
  • Simple battery
  • Theft
  • Assault
  • Minor weapons offenses
  • Domestic violence
  • Domestic Abuse Battery
  • Violation of a Protective Order
  • Public intoxication
  • Disturbing the peace
  • Criminal trespass
  • Failure to pay for food or beverage
  • Improper telephone communications
  • Soliciting for prostitutes
  • All other misdemeanors

How is a Misdemeanor Given

There are generally a couple different ways you can receive a misdemeanor. The first way, is by receiving a misdemeanor summons. Most often, a person receives a ticket that lists the misdemeanor charges along with a court date when they will have to appear. The second way a person can receive a misdemeanor is by being arrested, depending on the type of misdemeanor offense they are being charged with.

Due to their nature and the leniency of the punishment delivered for them, many people, innocent and guilty, take misdemeanor charges lightly and plead guilty without proper planning. No matter how mild the sentence, a conviction is a conviction and going to jail is as bad as it sounds. If it isn’t cause for concern immediately, it surely can be in the future. You need a proper legal strategy to protect yourself from that, and Whiddon Law Office is the perfect place to get it.

How Whiddon Law Office Can Be of Help

Keith Whiddon has been providing legal services to Louisiana citizens through Whiddon Law Office for many years. With over 484 misdemeanors closed, Keith is one of the most respected legal representatives in the state of Louisiana.

Whiddon Law Office represents clients in all areas of criminal law, and our number one goal is to maintain your freedom. We are well-informed in the Louisiana state and federal court systems. A criminal conviction can change your life forever. If you are facing criminal charges it is imperative to seek legal representation as quickly as possible. Delaying can be detrimental to your case. Call Whiddon Law Office now to find out your options.