Do I Need a Lawyer for a Misdemeanor Charge?

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There are two types of crimes one can be charged with in the state of Maryland: felonies and misdemeanors. As the most serious of the two crimes, felonies are usually attached with more severe and long-lasting consequences. This knowledge can steer individuals towards electing self-representation when faced with a misdemeanor charge. Even though felonies are more serious, any crime has the potential to impact your future and introduce difficulties into your life. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common misdemeanor charges in the state of Maryland, along with their associated outcomes that an experienced criminal attorney can work diligently to reduce or remove altogether.

Traffic Related Offenses

For an in depth look at criminal traffic offenses, be sure to take a look at our recent blog post on the subject. While the consequences of minor infractions such as running a stop sign or driving slightly over the speed limit are minor, they quickly ramp up for more serious misdemeanor level offenses. Our best advice here is to strongly consider hiring an attorney if your traffic charge requires a court appearance. This way, you can enjoy the peace of mind that you are taking the right steps to minimize the chances of fines, license penalty points, license suspensions, and even jail time.


DUI is also a misdemeanor offense in the state of Maryland, but it is associated with several consequences that can have a notable impact on one’s life. In addition to mandatory participation in the state’s ignition interlock program, you could be charged a fine of up to $1,000 and be forced to serve a maximum of one year jail time.


Maryland divides assault into two categories: first and second degree. While assault in the second degree is only a misdemeanor crime, it can be met with the most severe consequences we’ve discussed yet: a fine of up to $2,500 and up to ten years jail time. 


Petty theft is another common misdemeanor crime in the state of Maryland. For such a minor charge, it could still cause complications in your day-to-day life that could potentially be reduced with a criminal defense attorney as your legal counsel. At maximum, offenders could face fines and a maximum of 90 days jail time.

The Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence Can Help You Minimize Misdemeanor Charge Consequences

There are facts about each specific case that can significantly reduce penalties if an experienced attorney who understands this area of law presents the case. The Law Office of Elizabeth A. Lawrence offers high-quality legal representation, personal attention, and professionalism to help defend the harsh penalties of DWIs, DUIs, and other serious traffic offenses in Maryland and District of Columbia. Click here or call (410) 986-0088 to consult with an experienced attorney today.

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