A misdemeanor is an offense less serious than a felony but more serious than a traffic ticket. A misdemeanor usually carries a penalty of one year or less in jail. In a misdemeanor case, the first appearance is called the arraignment. The experienced lawyers at Ketover and Associates handle all of the details and attempt to get you released without bail on the promise that you will appear to all future court dates. The arraignment is the date that formal charges are brought against the accused, and the main purpose of that date is for the accused to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. The person arrested at this proceeding is also present for a formal reading of the accusations made and why charges were brought against him or her. If it is petty larceny, drug possession charges or any form of misdemeanor then it will be stated in open court. If the accused pleads not guilty, the case is scheduled for pre-trial conferences and then trial. At trial, the accused has the right to a trial by jury. A conviction requires all jurors to agree that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Ketover and Associates is dedicated to bringing you the best possible defense. If you have been wrongly accused of a misdemeanor or over charged by the government then we will bring the case to trial. However, if you have made a mistake and need to negotiate with the courts we will also help you enter a plea of guilty and get the courts to agree to a lesser sentence based on the admission of guilt and try and get you the lowest possible punishment.