Misdemeanors are charges which carry the possibility of incarceration in the local jail. Depending upon the seriousness of the specific charge, jail sentences can range from as little as a few days to as much as a year. Many jail sentences can be suspended for a period of probation, during which a convicted person may be required to comply with court-ordered terms such as substance-abuse counseling or restitution to victims. Some convictions, such as domestic violence or repeated substance abuse or possession, may result in the loss of gun rights.
Court Process of Misdemeanor Charges
In Ohio, a defendant charged with a misdemeanor must appear in a Municipal Court, County Court, or Mayor’s Court and enter a plea. Anyone doing so should speak to a criminal defense attorney first.
In West Virginia, a defendant facing misdemeanor charges must appear in Magistrate Court to enter his or her plea. Again, anyone in this situation should speak to a criminal defense attorney immediately.
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