A Solid Defense Against Misdemeanor Charges
Misdemeanor charges cannot be taken lightly. Taking a plea could result in a conviction that appears on a criminal record and limits future job, housing and educational opportunities. Some misdemeanors can also affect immigration options.
Law enforcement and prosecutors have a lot of control over the process from charging decisions to plea deals. You need to know that they will not be putting your interests first.
At Hansen Law, we have provided misdemeanor defense services to clients across the Yakima valley. Our attorney, George T. Hansen, was a former prosecutor and will use this experience to protect your interests.
Protecting Your Future
Misdemeanor charges may seem minor, but they can often carry long-term consequences. We work hard to reduce the impact of collateral consequences that many people do not fully understand. We can help you fight the following types of charges:
- Traffic-related violations such as driving without insurance or a driver’s license or with a suspended driver’s license
- Reckless driving or charges related to a hit and run
- Marijuana possession
- Theft and shoplifting offenses
- Minor in possession (MIP) of alcohol or furnishing alcohol to a minor
If you have a high school student charged with MIP, you need to consider that a criminal conviction could be the difference between two candidates when you child seeks his or her first job after college. A drug charge can affect financial aid eligibility.
There might be diversion or deferred adjudication programs available that will keep a criminal charge off of someone’s record. In other cases, law enforcement might have made an error and it could be possible to have the charge dismissed entirely.
What Options Exist?
As soon as possible after a charge or arrest, speak with a lawyer about your concerns. At Hansen Law, we will take the time to answer your questions and explain options that might avoid a criminal record.