What is a Misdemeanor? 

A misdemeanor, while less severe than a felony, is not a minor legal threat. A conviction for a misdemeanor can lead to expensive fines and up to a year in jail. If you face misdemeanor charges, the consequences can be a personal and financial disaster. They will come with a mark on your criminal record, accessible by potential employers, landlords, and relationship partners. 

Law Offices of Vincent Hughes

At the Law Offices of Vincent Hughes in San Bernardino, your case will be in the hands of one of the most accomplished criminal attorneys in the region. Beyond the exceptional legal skills of attorney Vincent Hughes, your lawsuit will be in the hands of a communicative, trustworthy, detailed, and meticulous lawyer crafting defense strategies for those with misdemeanor charges in San Bernardino.

Mr. Hughes offers his clients a unique degree of personalized care, far above and beyond the average, along with financing options that allow you to have top-quality defense counsel, not a court-appointed attorney that is overwhelmed with cases and likely unable to devote much attention to resolving your case – and may even advise you to plead guilty rather than fight back.

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Types of misdemeanor charges

  • Assault
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Trespassing
  • Driving on a suspended license
  • Shoplifting
  • Drug possession
  • Public intoxication
  • Reckless driving
  • Vandalism
  • Resisting arrest
  • Petty theft
  • Domestic battery
  • Violating a restraining order
  • Brandishing a weapon
  • Public intoxication

Levels of misdemeanor offenses

A standard misdemeanor conviction can lead to up to six months in jail and $1,000 or more in fines, while an “aggravated” misdemeanor allows a judge to impose up  to 364 days in jail. When represented by the Law Offices of Vincent Hughes, the level of the charges filed can be negotiated with the prosecuting attorney. Felonies can be reduced to misdemeanors and aggravated misdemeanors could be reduced to a standard misdemeanor, with an increased opportunity for probation rather than jail time. 

Penalties for misdemeanors in San Bernardino

Standard misdemeanor offenses are punished with a maximum of $1,000 in fines and time served in county jail for up to six months. An aggravated misdemeanor is a more serious charge, and the court can impose a sentence of 364 days in county jail. When jail time and fines are not imposed in a conviction or “guilty” plea, probation may be imposed for up to five years. The added penalties include paying court costs, performing community service, counseling, alcohol or drug treatment, and other consequences.

Can you defend a misdemeanor charge and win?

Every misdemeanor charge comes with unique facts, circumstances, and evidence. The first step in developing a defense is meticulously reviewing every detail in the case. A remarkable number of cases have serious flaws, whether errors in police procedure, rights violations or were based on witness testimony. 

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You can’t afford NOT to hire The Law Offices of Vincent Hughes.

When represented by The Law Offices of Vincent Hughes, our approach is to review and evaluate every aspect of what occurred to craft a strategy to benefit the client. Mr. Hughes is not your average criminal defense lawyer. He has been listed in Super Lawyers Rising Star, Top 40 Under 40, and an Elite Lawyer in Criminal Law. However, don’t expect a stuffy attorney you will rarely meet. He works closely with his clients, stays in communication, and offers guidance and support throughout every phase of the legal process.

The firm offers legal counsel with integrity, is ethical in all matters, is client-centered, prioritizes the interests of the client above all, and pursues the client’s goals to seek the best possible outcome, in every case.

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