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Criminal law and misdemeanor charges

Criminal law has become synonymous with violent crimes and high-profile cases thanks to the general public's love of crime dramas. Unfortunately, this has also led to some Louisiana residents believing that a defense attorney is only needed for serious crimes such as felonies. Misdemeanor offenses, while certainly less serious than felony charges, should not be taken lightly.

Misdemeanor charges can range from traffic offenses and theft to driving while intoxicated and assault. The term misdemeanor is simply used to note that the crime is punishable by a jail sentence of one year or less. While first time offenders may be able to avoid any jail time, the defendant must be familiar with the laws involved and thoroughly understand all of the available options.

Proper defense representation is important in cases involving misdemeanors because repeat misdemeanor offenses can often lead to felony charges. A misdemeanor conviction also stays on your criminal record for life just like a more serious charge and depending on the offense, can impact certain areas of your life long-term. For instance, a misdemeanor conviction relating to domestic violence or assault can keep a person from being able to be employed in a hospital or nursing home.

Representing yourself in a court of law is never a good idea, no matter what the circumstances. Prosecutors are extremely familiar with Louisiana's laws and the criminal court process, putting an unrepresented defendant at an extreme disadvantage. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can help you put forth the very best defense strategy at every step along the way and will work with you to ensure your rights are protected.

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Attorney Joshua S. Guillory was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. Upon graduating high school from Alexandria Senior High, he enrolled in classes at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Josh was a member of Mu Kappa Tau, a national honor society for marketing majors, while attending... Read More

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