A misdemeanor charge does not carry with it the severe penalties of a felony, but you still face a criminal record that could hinder your ability to live your life in the way you want. You need representation from experienced Albuquerque criminal defense attorney Erlinda Ocampo Johnson.
What Drug Crimes Do Misdemeanor Laws Cover?
Most drug crimes are charged as felonies; you can even be charged with a felony if you are found with residue from an illegal substance.
Marijuana is the only drug that can be considered under misdemeanor laws. You can face misdemeanor charges for simple possession if the amount of marijuana is less than 8 ounces.
How Can Misdemeanor Charges Affect You?
Because they are less serious than felonies, a misdemeanor charge may not seem like a serious problem, but misdemeanors still come with damaging penalties.
If you are found guilty of misdemeanor charges, you could be ordered to pay fines of $50 to $1000 and could spend 15 days to a year in prison.
The criminal record from a guilty misdemeanor verdict will stay on your record. Having a criminal record could keep you from being hired at many companies with strict drug policies. A misdemeanor charge could also affect your chance for higher education and for receiving certain scholarships.
Misdemeanor Defense from an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
Whether you are facing misdemeanor charges or serious felony drug charges, such as drug possession, experienced and skilled representation from the Law Office of Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, LLC is an imperative part of protecting your future.
Along with Ms. Johnson’s many years as a criminal defense attorney, Ms. Johnson has spent time on the other side of the courtroom in her nearly 12 years as a state and federal prosecutor. She has a great amount of knowledge from which to draw in building a strong case in your defense.
If you are facing misdemeanor drug charges in New Mexico contact the Law Office of Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, LLC as soon as possible.