In Louisiana, crimes are typically classified into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. In many situations, the decision between being charged with a misdemeanor vs. a felony is made on a case-by-case basis rather than a hard and fast rule. Although misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, any criminal conviction can have long-lasting effects on your criminal record, your career, your finances, and your ability to live your life the way you see fit. A misdemeanor conviction can also land you in jail just as easily as a felony.
Whiddon Criminal Defense is prepared to handle all aspects of your criminal case, from getting you out on bail to building a strong defense, negotiating a favorable plea deal, or working to get your case dropped entirely. We’ll fight to protect your rights and make sure that you do not become the victim of overly aggressive police and prosecutors. We’ve got the experience and the know-how to make sure you get the best defense possible, given the circumstances of your case.
What is a Misdemeanor?
Misdemeanors in Louisiana are crimes other than felonies. In general, felonies are crimes punishable by more than a year in jail. Misdemeanors are crimes punishable by fines, community service, restitution, and up to a year in jail. While they are not as severe as felonies, misdemeanors 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. Misdemeanors follow different criminal procedures than felonies, and defending against a misdemeanor in court requires particular knowledge and experience.
With the right defense, misdemeanor defendants are often eligible for diversionary programs that avoid leaving a conviction on the defendant’s permanent criminal record. First-time offenders of alcohol or drug offenses, for example, may be able to obtain substance abuse counseling in lieu of a criminal conviction. Talk to a knowledgeable Louisiana defense lawyer about your case to find out if you may be eligible for a diversionary program or otherwise obtain a reduction of your charges.
Defending Against All Types of Misdemeanor Charges
Our passionate misdemeanor defense lawyer represents clients across northern Louisiana facing a wide range of misdemeanor charges. Drawing on experience as a public defender, Whiddon Criminal Defense founder Keith Whiddon is proud to defend people in Monroe charged with misdemeanors 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
- Simple battery
- 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
Experienced Monroe Defense Attorney Ready to Take Your Case
Celebrated criminal defense lawyer Keith Whiddon has been providing legal services to Louisiana citizens for many years. With over 450 misdemeanors closed, Keith is one of the most respected legal representatives in the state of Louisiana.
Whiddon Criminal Defense 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. We know the attorneys, the courts, and the police in the Louisiana criminal justice system, and we know the law, the evidence, and the type of arguments that win in court. We know that a criminal conviction can change your life forever, and we’re here to help you avoid the worst consequences of a misdemeanor conviction.
Call a Dedicated Monroe Misdemeanor Defense Attorney for Help Fighting Misdemeanor Charges
If you’ve been arrested or charged with a misdemeanor in northern Louisiana, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side as quickly as possible. The misdemeanor defense team at the Monroe offices of Whiddon Criminal Defense is ready to help you fight for your rights, your freedom, and your future. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.