Don’t Underestimate The Impact Of A Misdemeanor Criminal Charge
While it’s true that misdemeanor criminal charges are considered less severe than felony charges, they still come with fines and possible incarceration up to one year. A conviction also means you will have a criminal record, which can negatively impact your career and other life opportunities.
You cannot take any criminal charge lightly. It is important to enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney if you face charges of a misdemeanor offense. In Bismarck and surrounding communities, Bolinske Law Firm provides knowledgeable defense against a wide range of misdemeanor crimes. We work to minimize the impact of any criminal charge.
North Dakota Misdemeanors
North Dakota has two classifications of misdemeanors — Class A and Class B. Class A misdemeanors are more serious and carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine up to $3,000. Examples of a Class A misdemeanor include possession of marijuana paraphernalia or theft of property or services valued between $250 and $500. Theft of anything valued at $500 or less through fraud or embezzlement is also a Class A misdemeanor.
The penalty for conviction of a Class B misdemeanor is up to 30 days in jail and a fine of Examples of Class B misdemeanors include disorderly conduct, prostitution, and theft of property or services valued at $250 or less.
We Help Keep Lives On Track
One client we represented faced a reckless driving charge for allegedly running a highway patrolman off the road at 60 mph. A conviction would have resulted in the client losing his job. We argued in a jury trial that the incident was merely an accident rather than a criminal act. The jury agreed and our client kept his job.
The ramifications of a misdemeanor conviction reach far beyond a fine or a relatively brief jail sentence. A conviction can limit where you live, prevent you from obtaining admission to a college or receiving a scholarship, or seriously impede your career. If you face a misdemeanor criminal charge in North Dakota, it makes sense to speak with attorney Robert Bolinske Jr. to learn more about the implications and possible defense.
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We invite you to schedule a consultation by calling 701-516-8105 or using our online contact form to tell us more about your case. We will provide a candid assessment of what you can expect and recommend the steps to take next.