The Importance Of Finding a Legal Defense for Your Misdemeanor Offenses With a Toledo Criminal Law Lawyer

Many people assume that being charged with a misdemeanor is something that can be overlooked, but in reality, just as is the case with any charge, being convicted of a misdemeanor, especially within the state of Ohio comes with a variety of consequences that shouldn’t be taken lightly. To put things in retrospect, these are the consequences that an individual can face if they are convicted of a variety of misdemeanor offenses within the city of Toledo OH:

Criminal Penalties

  • 1st Degree Misdemeanor – Incarceration for up to 180 days and/or a maximum fine of $1000.
  • 2nd Degree Misdemeanor – Incarceration for up to 90 days and/or a maximum fine of $750.
  • 3rd Degree Misdemeanor – Incarceration for up to 60 days and/or a maximum fine of $500.
  • 4th Degree Misdemeanor – Incarceration for up to 30 days and/or a maximum fine of $250.

Collateral Consequences
The consequences that are associated with being convicted for a variety of misdemeanor offenses in the city of Toledo OH, aren’t just limited to criminal penalties, there’s a wide range of collateral consequences that can occur as a result of a conviction on this type of charge.

Many of these collateral consequences are referred to, as civil penalties that may make it extremely difficult for one to progress through life. It’s worth nothing though, that these potential penalties may follow you throughout the rest of your life unless you are able to get it expunged, which unless you are under 18, is very unlikely. Besides facing a variety of mandatory criminal penalties, some of the potential collateral consequences that you may face include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Inability to Possess A Firearm – If you are convicted of a misdemeanor offense that is categorized as a drug offense, including marijuana possession, you may lose your right to own a firearm.
  • Even though you may assume that unless you are charged with a felony that, employers cannot discriminate on the basis that you were convicted of a misdemeanor, this is far from the truth, it is extremely difficult to enforce the guidelines pertaining to the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of a prior criminal record and as such, regardless of the fact that most states prohibit discrimination on the basis of a criminal record, you may find that it will be extremely difficult to get a job under these circumstances.
  • If your misdemeanor charge occurs as a result of multiple moving violations,you may get your driver’s license suspended as an end result. Contrary to popular belief, even a misdemeanor conviction can lead to the loss and or denial of a professional license.
  • Many permanent residents assume that unless they are charged with a felony, they may be able to avoid deportation if they are charged with a misdemeanor instead. But based on the circumstances of the misdemeanor, they could face deportation as a consequence of being convicted of certain misdemeanor offenses within the city of Toledo OH.

What To Do If you are Being Charged With A Misdemeanor?
The first and foremost thing that you need to do is to seek competent, legal representation. While you may be able to acquire a public defender, it’s worth noting that these individuals are bombarded with cases on a weekly basis. Therefore, if you want the best legal representation that is available, that will work tirelessly to ensure that they satisfy their clients, and do not have as many cases as a public defender does, which means that they can focus all their energy and efforts into ensuring that you receive the best outcome as a result of your pending case, it is highly recommended that you seek a competent, professional, attorney that has a proven track record of handling cases surrounding a misdemeanor offense.

If you need the help of a skilled and committed Toledo Criminal Law Lawyer contact Michael E. Bryant’s Toledo, OH law office today.

Find Michael E. Bryant online at, visit our law office in Toledo, OH on the second floor of 1119 Adams St. or call us at (419) 243-3922.