Although your criminal charge may not sound or appear to be very serious, or the punishment may seem reasonable or easy to fulfill, taking a plea to what may look like as a simple charge can have serious consequences to your future.
- Probation time can mean spending time in jail even with minor violations such as driving without a license, or being drunk in public.
- Many criminal charges are cummulative, therefore the punishment on a second or subsequent charge can be much more significant than on the first offense.
- Certain criminal charges can have a significant effect on your immigration status and future.
- Domestic Battery cases can lead to a serious felony charge.
You should be represented by an attorney at every step of the process. Something that may seem do-able today can easily turn into jail time, payments you cannot afford to make, or a more serious charge in the future because of your first “simple charge.”