While all criminal charges are serious, misdemeanor crimes in Kansas City are those considered less serious than those classified as felonies.  What are the factors that determine whether an offense is a misdemeanor or felony?  In most cases how the crime is charged hinges on the extent of injury to another individual, how much stolen property is valued at, or even how much of an illegal drug or substance someone has in his or her possession. 

At The O'Connor Law Firm, we know that misdemeanor charges are not to be taken lightly and some can have serious consequences; especially depending on any previous criminal record.  Like more serious charges, a misdemeanor can leave you facing jail time, a criminal record, and more.  If you have been arrested or are under investigation, contact a Kansas City criminal defense lawyer with our firm now.

Preserve your rights with a Kansas City misdemeanor defense attorney

If you are subject to an arrest for a crime, there are several points you should know. You should always request that your Kansas City misdemeanor criminal defense attorney be present before you speak to the police, and that is your right. Never state aloud or sign any kind of confession, as this information can and will be used by the prosecution against you. No matter what, always contact a Kansas City misdemeanor charges lawyer as soon as you are arrested. You need to know your rights and have an attorney present or providing advice during the initial stages of the event as well as during questioning or interrogation. In most cases, the police miss or ignore evidence as well as facts that can be used to your advantage. Many times, they gather only the information they need to file charges against you. Remember, the police and prosecution are not on your side. Even if you feel your case is not defend-able, an evaluation is critical because often times police, investigators and witnesses make mistakes that can be used to your advantage.
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Examples of Misdemeanor Crimes & Charges in Missouri

Misdemeanor crimes are charged as class A, B, or C with class A charges being the most serious.  Essentially, a person convicted of a class A misdemeanor will face harsher punishment than someone found guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

Class A misdemeanor crimes include shoplifting goods valued under $500, marijuana possession (35 grams or less), false imprisonment, third-degree assault, bad checks less than $500, fraudulent use of a credit card device involving a value less than $150, and more.

Class B misdemeanor crimes include DUI or DWI first offense, first-degree criminal trespass, and other similar offenses.

Class C misdemeanor crimes include first offense driving with excessive blood alcohol content, harassment, simple assault, and alteration of ID cards among others.

Missouri Penalties for Misdemeanor Charges

Those found guilty of a misdemeanor offense will face various penalties depending on whether the crime is classified as class A, B, or C.  Most class A misdemeanor convictions will result in punishment that includes a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a maximum one year jail term.  Class B misdemeanors are punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or up to six months in jail with a minimum 30 day jail sentence.  Class C crimes are punishable by a fine of as much as $300 and/or a maximum of 15 days in jail.

In most cases any misdemeanor offense will not result in more than one year in jail, a $1,000 fine, or combination of both.  If you have any prior convictions, your need for an attorney may be much greater to ensure you don't get the maximum punishment.

Contact The Kansas City O'Connor Law Firm Now

Even a Kansas City misdemeanor conviction can impact your freedom, reputation, or employment opportunities.  Prosecutors are bent on winning the case, regardless of how serious the charges may be.  We urge you to contact a skilled Kansas City misdemeanor charges defense attorney at The O'Connor Law Firm today for outstanding legal guidance and representation.  Call 816-842-1111 for a free consultation regarding your case.  Or contact us using our online form.

Kansas City misdemeanor defense Attorney, Matt O'Connor

Matt O’Connor was previously a professor of the law of evidence, and he knows what it takes to successfully defend anyone who has been charged with crimes in Kansas City, Missouri. When you hire his team, you will get unparalleled personal attention and care that you won’t receive from any other law firm.  Matt O'Connor has over 20 years experience in the court room, and has often times been called upon as a legal contributor for programs like the national Fox News channel and many other local Kansas City stations.