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Some misdemeanors can lead to jail time in Louisiana

Many people tend to think of misdemeanors as minor charges that won't really have an effect on them. The fact of the matter is that there are some misdemeanor charges that can have a big negative effect on your life. If you are facing a misdemeanor charge, we can help you to understand the options for a defense that you have. This includes explaining the possible penalties that you face if you are convicted of the crime or plead guilty.

In Louisiana, you can face time in jail for a misdemeanor conviction. The amount of time you are facing depends on the type of misdemeanor you are charged with as well as any prior criminal record you have.

The least serious misdemeanor is the Class C misdemeanor. These cases are usually handled by the municipal court or a justice of the peace since they are only associated with fines instead of possible jail time.

A Class B misdemeanor is a bit more serious. You will face up to 180 days in jail if you are convicted. If you are sentenced to probation, the term can be up to two years. You also face up to $2,000 in fines.

A Class A misdemeanor is the most serious misdemeanor. In this case, you will face up to one year in jail if you are convicted. You will also face fines of up to $4,000. If you are sentenced to probation, you can face up to two years on probation.

There are some instances in which a prior criminal history can increase the penalties you face. If you have a prior criminal history, we can help you understand how that will affect your case. No matter what type of misdemeanor you are facing, we can help you plan and build your defense.

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