When you think of criminal offenses, crime shows or heinous acts you saw reported on the news might come to mind. You may even think of those involved as “criminals,” rather than people who are facing allegations.
Compared to a felony charge, allegations of a misdemeanor offense are less serious and do not hold as extreme penalties. However, depending on your financial situation, facing a misdemeanor can be devasting.
When you first get your driver’s license, you probably appreciate a newfound sense of freedom. It can be exhilarating to get out on the open road, especially on your own. And if you’re driving a motorcycle, it may seem even better.
In a previous post, we discussed the fact that misdemeanor traffic offenses can have a surprisingly significant effect on a person’s life. But the fact is that all types of misdemeanors present serious problems.
Even the most cautious and responsible driver can wind up making a mistake or bad decision behind the wheel. And no matter who you are, these missteps can lead to some surprisingly serious consequences.
Stop and think about what you were like in middle school or high school. Think about all the mistakes you made and silly things you might have thought were the most important things in the world. You could be quite happy to have put that time behind you and relieved that any decisions you made back then stayed in the past.
Many people have been in the unfortunate situation of being pulled over by police for a traffic violation. Often, people pay the fine and move on.
Being a teenager is not easy. Teens can wind up learning some very difficult lessons that change the rest of their lives. This can happen if a young person makes a bad decision that leads to criminal charges.
Given the choice of facing a felony or a misdemeanor charge, people would choose a misdemeanor. This is because the consequences of a conviction for a misdemeanor offense are typically less severe than those for a felony conviction.