The difference between misdemeanor and felony charges comes down to the nature and seriousness of the crime.
In the state of South Carolina, there are three classifications of misdemeanor offenses: Class A, Class B and Class C. Class A misdemeanors can carry a sentence of three years or less; Class B, up to two years; and Class C, up to one year. Which classification a crime falls into depends on many complex factors and differs for each case, and there are dozens of crimes under each classification.
Regardless of the classification, even though misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, the charge is one that may follow you the rest of your life.
Understanding the law and what options may be in front of you is an important first step. While no web page can be a substitute for legal counsel, gathering information so that you understand the nature and severity of the charges you face is a crucial part of your defense.
While a misdemeanor is a less serious crime than a felony, having a conviction on your record can prevent you from obtaining work, seeking an education, obtaining housing, and other potentially negative consequences. If you are convicted, expungement offers a way to remove the crime from your record. There are complex criteria for determining when and under what circumstances expungement is an option.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can help evaluate your case for expungement.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor in the state of South Carolina, or are interested in exploring options for expungement, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer promptly. Someone with the right experience can understand the complexity of the charges you face and advise you on the possibility of a plea bargain, acquittal, or other outcomes. Contact the Leventis Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation today.