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Fines and time in jail are possible for misdemeanors in Louisiana

Facing a misdemeanor charge is a serious criminal matter but not as serious as facing a felony charge. A misdemeanor conviction can lead to you having a criminal record without being labeled as a felon. If you are facing a misdemeanor charge, you should learn about the penalties associated with that particular charge. From there, you can begin to make choices about how we will handle your defense.

Misdemeanor charges in Louisiana can result in time in jail, but that time in jail isn't as long as or as hard as what is associated with felony charges. A misdemeanor charge is usually only associated with up to six months in jail and fines of up to $500. The jail term isn't associated with hard labor. Even without hard labor, the time in jail would likely be a burden on you and your family.

In the case of a felony charge, the imprisonment term is usually more than one year and fines of more than $500. Unlike the misdemeanor imprisonment term, the felony imprisonment term is often associated with hard labor. In some cases, these convictions can result in life in prison or other very harsh sentences.

We believe that education is an important part of the criminal defense process. Without having all of the pertinent information, you can't make informed decisions about your case. We want you to know about the court process, possible outcomes of the case and all of the options you have for your defense. Whether you plan on trying to obtain a plea agreement or plan on fighting the case through a trial, we can help to protect your rights.

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