In Massachusetts, misdemeanors are typically prosecuted in District Court and are typically punishable by up to two and one-half years in a jail or house of correction. Some examples of misdemeanors are:
- Malicious destruction of property
- Disorderly person
- Disorderly conduct
- Disturbing the peace
- DUI (called OUI in Massachusetts)
- Criminal traffic offenses
- Minor transporting alcohol
- Shoplifting and petty theft offenses
- Possession of marijuana, cocaine, heroin or ecstasy
Misdemeanors Should Not Be Taken Lightly
While misdemeanor cases may subject you to less jail time than felony cases, they may still have a devastating impact on your future. A misdemeanor conviction gives you a criminal record, which can affect your search for a job or ability to attend college. A misdemeanor conviction can ruin your reputation in the community, since any district court case is a public record and might be printed in your home town newspaper and published on the Internet. If you are not a U.S. citizen, a misdemeanor conviction could still ultimately affect your status in this country, if it's considered to be a crime of "moral turpitude."
There is a lot riding on any criminal charge. A skilled lawyer can often favorably resolve misdemeanor charges by negotiating with the prosecutor. By resolving the charges before a trial, you may avoid having a criminal conviction on your record. When you must take your case to trial, however, you will need an experienced and skillful attorney to fight for an acquittal on your behalf. Attorney Yannetti and his associates bring a track record of success which speaks for itself.
Call for A Free Consultation with A Boston Petty Theft Offenses Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a petty theft crime, such as shoplifting, or are facing another misdemeanor charge, you should seek legal advice. Contact a lawyer online or call 617-338-6006 for a free phone consultation.