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Will I lose my professional license?

Each case must be analyzed to determine the damage you may face if convicted.  For professionals of all types including law enforcement, bankers, insurance brokers, doctors, nurses or other professionals, there are problems that can ultimately affect your career and reputation when convicted, and even when charged there could be some damage.  The legal team at Koffel Law Firm assists those who expect a high level of service and fast defense action due to the potential hazard they face in their chosen profession.

What is a misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor crime is less serious than a felony, and in Ohio as well as other parts of the country, indicates that the punishment does not exceed one year in jail.  There are several levels of misdemeanor charges with a variety of punishments.  A minor misdemeanor does not have a jail sentence.  A 4 th degree misdemeanor has a maximum 30 days in jail, a 3 rd degree misdemeanor has a maximum 60 days in jail, a 2 nd degree misdemeanor has a maximum 90 days in jail and a 1 st degree misdemeanor has a maximum 180 days as a possible part of the sentence.

What if I have a prior conviction?

In the case of DUI this can be a problem, as if you are convicted, the sentence is usually increased when you have a prior conviction.  In any DUI offense, a Columbus defense lawyer should be contacted at once.  At Koffel Law Firm, the legal team has extensive experience in defending misdemeanor DUI charges.

Will I go to jail?

Judges are individuals and some are heavier handed than others when sentencing those convicted of misdemeanors.  It often depends on the prior criminal record to a large degree.  It is important that you have a strong defense lawyer as any misdemeanor, other than a minor charge, can result in jail time.  This can create serious problems related to work, school and other issues.

What happens if I plead guilty?

If you plead guilty, there is no trial.  However, you cannot change a "guilty" plea, whereas you can change a "not guilty" plea.  If you plead guilty and then realize that you could have had a strong defense for your case, you have lost that opportunity.  It is always advised that you contact Koffel Law Firm at once after the arrest and prior to the arraignment (formal hearing) on the charge so that you make the right moves for your case.

What can Koffel Law Firm help me with?

The legal team at the firm can assist you with any of the following types of legal matters:

Contact a Columbus Criminal Defense Attorney from Koffel Law Firm at once if you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor crime.
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