Have you been arrested for a misdemeanor in Connecticut? Being arrested for anything can be scary and confusing. It is critical to hire someone to help you through the process and protect your rights every step of the way. Being arrested is only an accusation, and not a conviction, so having a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.
Whether you are a first-time offender or even a repeat one, the criminal defense lawyers at Mahon, Quinn & Mahon can help you. Our criminal lawyers, led by Attorney Michael Quinn, have the knowledge and experience to assist you from the date of your arrest until the final disposition of your case.
What Is a Misdemeanor?
In Connecticut, a misdemeanor is one of two categories of criminal offenses known as felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are generally considered less serious crimes. But that does not mean they should be taken lightly. Some misdemeanors can be punished with up to a year of jail time and may carry hefty fines.
Common misdemeanors in Connecticut include:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Theft or Larceny
- Sexual Assault
- Breach of Peace
- Reckless Driving
- Computer Crimes
Depending on the class of misdemeanor you are facing, the possible sentence varies. Connecticut classifies misdemeanors by their severity, using the terms Class A, Class B, and Class C to denote how serious an offense is. Class A misdemeanors are the most serious and carry the most severe penalties. No matter what charge you are facing though, you should treat it with seriousness.
If you are a first-time offender you may be able to have the charges against you dropped or reduced, with the possibility of clearing your record of criminal charges altogether. If you are a repeat offender you may face more serious penalties. Either way, it is critical that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
At Mahon, Quinn & Mahon, we have experience dealing with prosecutors and navigating the criminal justice system. We’ve been operating in Meriden, Wallingford, Cheshire, Middletown and surrounding areas for more than 40 years. If you’re facing a misdemeanor, get in contact with our office today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.