Learn the most common misdemeanors in Oklahoma City and find out why you should always contact an attorney to defend even a first misdemeanor charge.
Most Common Misdemeanors in Oklahoma City
Misdemeanors are crimes for which the punishment ranges from a deferred or suspended sentence to one year in a county jail. Examples of the most common misdemeanors in Oklahoma include, but are not limited to, the following:
Breaking and entering.
Possession of a controlled substance.
DUI and other alcohol related offenses.
Because they are subject to less severe penalties than felony offenses, misdemeanors are often considered to be “minor” offenses. However, it is doubtful that anyone sentenced to serve a year behind bars on a misdemeanor conviction would consider that to be a “minor” consequence.
Moreover, aggravating circumstances can raise some of the most common misdemeanors to felony charges, which will then be subject to more severe penalties. For example, the second or subsequent arrest for the same misdemeanor crime can, for some crimes, upgrade the charge to a felony.
Likewise, the nature of the crime in question can upgrade a misdemeanor to a felony. For example, while the theft of property which is of a value less than $500 is a misdemeanor, the theft of property which is of a value greater than $500 can be charged as a felony.
Free Consultation: Oklahoma City Misdemeanor Defense Attorney
For the reasons above, no misdemeanor charge should be taken lightly, and you should employ in defense of a misdemeanor charge the skills of an experienced attorney who can either get the charges against you dismissed, win a not-guilty verdict, or at the very least keep you out of jail by suggesting alternative sentencing options.
For a free consultation with an Oklahoma City misdemeanor defense attorney, call the Wirth Law Office- Oklahoma City attorney at (405) 888-5400. You can also submit an email question from the top right corner of this page. Our Oklahoma City criminal attorney will respond as quickly as possible to all questions.