Misdemeanors

While the most serious criminal offenses are charged as state or federal felonies, a misdemeanor conviction can also negatively impact nearly every part of your life. Even if you do not have reason to expect jail time, every decision you make matters.

Don't Limit Your Future Opportunities ~ Seek Experienced Legal Help

For example, employers do not tend to think, "It's just a misdemeanor" when a background check reveals an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), assault, drug possession or theft. They simply move on. For college students and other young people just starting out, avoiding a criminal record can make all the difference in future educational opportunities and financial aid.

Defending You Against DUI, Drug Charges, Theft And More

Attorney James M. Burns has been defending people charged with crimes throughout the Pensacola, Florida, area and southwest Alabama for 14-plus years. His approach is personalized, genuinely caring and laser-focused on earning the best possible results in every case. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, Mr. Burns will prioritize your concerns and fight for your future. You can depend on:

  • Clear, honest guidance on all potential consequences of any misdemeanor conviction, extending beyond fines, possible incarceration and probation to many other life considerations
  • Rigorous assessment of the prosecution's case against you to determine what can be proven and whether you have a viable defense worth presenting at trial
  • Negotiation to reduce the charge against you to a lesser offense or obtain an alternative to conviction - such as diversion or deferred prosecution sometimes available to first-time offenders - if that is the best path for you

Reliable Legal Guidance ~ Dedicated To Your Freedom

A second-offense DUI is a misdemeanor, but you could be sentenced to up to a year in jail. Many drug possession and theft charges are misdemeanors, but you certainly do not want such a charge on your criminal record in this era of easy Internet access to that information.

There is no time to lose in putting a personable, dynamic lawyer such as James M. Burns to work on your case. Request your free initial consultation right now via email or by calling 850-462-8423.