While a drunk in public misdemeanor charge doesn’t seem like a serious case, by pleading guilty to it, often Judges will require that the Defendant attend anywhere from 52 to 90 Alcoholics Anonymous Classes while on probation. In this particular case, we were able to have the charge reduced to an Infraction which means the only thing the client was responsible for was Court fines and and fees. No probation, no misdemeanor on her record and no requirement to attend AA classes. An infraction is the equivalent of what is received in a traffic court, except, in this particular case, there is no need to attend traffic school and it doesn’t affect your driving record. Don’t just plead guilty at arraignment. Often, an experienced attorney can help by reducing or dismissing your charges because of your particular fact pattern, defenses and arguments. All too often we see Defendants pleading guilty on their first day of court without an attorney at their side. They do this to save a few bucks. In the end, this ends up being problematic for a client.
When the client goes to get a job and the question asks, “Have you ever been convicted of a Misdemeanor or Felony” – the hard part starts. Most employment applications require the prospective employee to submit something in writing explaining the fact pattern. The applicant is also required to often obtain certified records pertaining to the conviction. Not only is this a hassle, but in this difficult job market, you have to do whatever you can do to preserve your blemish free record so that employers don’t pass you over and hire someone else because of petty crimes on your record.
I always tell Clients to consult with an attorney before pleading guilty to any crime. It only takes 30 minutes and we always provide a free consultation. Experienced and caring attorneys don’t charge for a consultation. We always believe in giving free advice. If you have any questions, call the attorneys at Kia Law Firm at (951) 686-4818.