Misdemeanor charges can cover a wide ranges of things, from drug crimes to criminal traffic cases and even theft.
When defending criminal cases many things play a role in what outcomes a defendant can expect. For this reason competent representation is essential. Outcomes ranging from diversion programs to serious jail time are possible.
Analyzing your case to determine its strengths and weaknesses is the first step. This may seem obvious, but most people don't fully understand how to determine if a case is weak or strong. Often, what seems unimportant to you is some of the most crucial information to your case. This works in the reverse as well; you may believe a particular detail is of utmost importance when that detail, in fact, plays a very small role in your case.
Common defenses in misdemeanor cases revolve around elements such as:
the credibility of eye witness testimony
proof of intent on the part of the defendant
correct handling of evidence by police
whether or not the initial contact with the police was lawful
Anyone of one these elements, or several of them combined, can lead to either dismissal of the charges, a very beneficial plea agreement, or an acquittal if your case goes to trial.
Criminal records can follow you around your whole life and it is important to find strong legal representation so you can make informed decisions about your case. One of the most important things to remember when hiring a lawyer is that being unrepresented can lead to disaster, even when dealing with a crime that many people think is not serous or no big deal.