Misdemeanor Law Firm in Jackson, Mississippi
Ballard Law, PLLC is a misdemeanor law firm in Jackson, Mississippi that can assist you if you are facing criminal charges. Laws are divided into different categories. Felonies are the most serious types of crimes, misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, and infractions are violations like parking tickets or moving violations. Misdemeanor charges, while less serious than felony charges should still be taken very seriously, because they can result in jail times (usually less than one year in jail), fines, and a criminal record. Even if you do not serve jail time and are only given probation or time served, you may still face collateral consequences as a result of having a criminal record. Individuals might face difficulty getting certain types of employment, may have difficulty accessing certain federal or state programs if they have a criminal record, not to mention that having a criminal record can seriously damage your reputation, imperil your standing in your community, and put your job at risk. Ballard Law, PLLC is a misdemeanor law firm in Jackson, Mississippi who can help you fight your misdemeanor charges, help you get your felony charges reduced to misdemeanor charges, or assist you with navigating the criminal justice system if you are facing criminal charges.
You are innocent until proven guilty and have the right to defend your innocence. If you have been arrested on a misdemeanor charge in Jackson, Mississippi, tell officers that you’d like to remain silent, and that you’d like to speak to your criminal defense lawyer. Then, consider calling Ballard Law, PLLC., a misdemeanor lawyer in Mississippi.
What are Some Misdemeanors in Mississippi?
Misdemeanor crimes are generally crimes that are more minor in nature. These crimes are usually classified as such because they are considered to cause little to no harm to others or to the public good. In many cases, individuals who face misdemeanor charges may be able to avoid jail time by participating in a diversion program or alcohol or drug treatment program.
Misdemeanors can include various crimes, like DUIs that involve no car accidents or injuries, shoplifting, carrying a concealed weapon, minor battery, or possession of marijuana. Ballard Law, PLLC is a misdemeanor attorney who can help you fight a range of misdemeanor charges. Here are some charges where we can help you:
- DUI Charges. If you are facing first-offense DUI charge, you may be able to have your charges reduced if you agree to attend alcohol or drug treatment programs. In many cases, a first-time DUI charge is a wake-up call for individuals who may be struggling with addiction issues. With the help of a lawyer, you may be able to avoid jail time and some of the more serious consequences of a first-time DUI.
- Marijuana Possession. While marijuana has been legalized or decriminalized in many states, in Mississippi, you can still face misdemeanor charges for marijuana possession. Ballard Law, PLLC may be able to use a range of defenses to protect your rights if you are facing these charges. Furthermore, you may also be able to avoid some of the more serious consequences of a conviction by agreeing to attend a drug treatment program. Finally, when it comes to marijuana possession, the difference between possession and intent to sell or distribute can mean the difference between felony charges and misdemeanor charges. Ballard Law, PLLC may be able to help you fight or reduce your charges.
- If you are facing charges for stealing, you may have several defenses available to you. Sometimes theft charges result from a misunderstanding. If you borrowed someone’s things and didn’t return them or if you borrowed another person’s car but then were accused of stealing, you may be able to defend your situation in court. Sometimes theft charges result from mistakes of fact or confusion. Or, if you were told you could borrow your neighbor’s car, borrowed the car, but then your neighbor reported the car stolen, you may be able to show that you didn’t have the intent to steal. Past criminal record, your standing in the community, and your contribution to society could also help build a stronger case for you if you are facing theft charges. Let Ballard Law, PLLC help you today.
- If you got drunk and got into a bar fight or got into a fistfight in a fit of passion, you may be charged with misdemeanor battery, especially if no one was seriously injured. Ballard Law, PLLC may be able to defend you in court and assist you in avoiding jail time if you are facing battery charges.
These are just some of the crimes that can result in a misdemeanor charge. Ballard Law, PLLC is a misdemeanor lawyer who can assist you if you are facing these charges. Contact our firm today to learn more about how we may be able to help you.