A criminal charge can quickly turn your world upside down. A conviction has the potential to affect nearly every aspect of your life, from your employment options to your personal relationships. You could also be facing hefty fines or even jail time. Don’t leave your future up to chance. Discover how an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you fight for justice.
At Jeff Jarrett Law Office, I represent individuals charged with a variety of crimes in the Kansas City metro. I provide free consultations to clients throughout the area, including Overland Park and Lawrence, Kansas, as well as Lee’s Summit and Liberty, Missouri. Contact me if you’ve been accused of drug possession, assault, or another offense.
Felonies vs. Misdemeanors
Whether you’ve been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, the consequences of a conviction can be devastating. Having a solid understanding of your charges may help you prepare a better defense.
According to federal law, a felony is defined as any crime carrying a sentence of more than one year in prison. Felonies typically have more serious penalties than misdemeanors, ranging from a year of jail time to the death penalty. Felony charges may include:
If convicted of a felony, you may risk losing civil rights such as the ability to vote, hold public office, or join the military. And, since U.S. employers are legally allowed to ask about any prior convictions, your job prospects may diminish immensely. Hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney is crucial for these reasons, along with many others