Kent County Misdemeanor Lawyer
Accused of a Crime in Kent, Providence, Washington, Newport, or Bristol County?
If you are facing a misdemeanor charge, you may believe it is not very serious. It is true that misdemeanors are lower-level offenses than felonies. However, the consequences of a conviction can still cause disruption to your life, potential loss of your freedom, loss of your job, loss of your reputation, and a drain on your finances. Furthermore, a conviction will give you a permanent criminal record that is accessible to anyone on a routine background check. This means you will have to explain it to future employers, landlords, educational institutions, and others you may need to deal with in seeking life opportunities.
At Biafore Law, we understand how important it is to have professional representation when faced with the criminal justice system. You will want the best possible outcome available to you but this will be likely only with the knowledge and skills of an experienced attorney. Our Kent County misdemeanor attorney can help you navigate the system, provide meaningful counsel and support at every turn, and create an aggressive strategy to fight your charges.
Connect with Biafore Law online or by calling (401) 244-7433 to arrange for a free case evaluation with our experienced attorney.
Misdemeanors consist of offenses that are punishable by up to a year in imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Other penalties may apply as well, depending on your case. These could include treatment/educational programs for substance abuse, for domestic battery, or drunk driving, probation with certain conditions that must be fulfilled, such as community service hours, house arrest, fulfilling your sentence only during hours or days when you are not at work, restraining orders, and more. Rhode Island also has petty misdemeanors which result in only up to six months of imprisonment and/or a fine of $500.
However, in each case it will be up to the judge to decide your penalties based on the facts as long as the penalties remain within the legal limits. You will also likely face harsher penalties in cases where you have one or more prior convictions for the same crime.
For example, a first-offense of reckless driving is charged as a misdemeanor with standard punishment while a subsequent offense is charged and punished as a felony.
Examples of Rhode Island misdemeanors can include:
- Possession of more than an ounce of marijuana
- Defacing a structure with graffiti
- Simple assault or battery
- Theft of property valued at $1,500 or less
- Disorderly conduct
- Procuring alcohol for minors
If you have been arrested for any misdemeanor, our Kent County misdemeanor attorney is ready to protect your legal rights, advise you throughout all phases of the criminal process, and do everything possible to help you avoid a conviction.
Call us today at 401-244-7433 or fill out our form to schedule a free consultation.