Misdemeanor Defense Attorney Serving Wichita, Kansas

You may think that being charged with a misdemeanor in Kansas is not a “big deal.” After all, you haven’t been accused of committing a felony. But even the least serious misdemeanor can result in up to a month in county jail and a hefty fine. Moreover, as with felonies, misdemeanor convictions remain on your record which could affect your personal relationships, employment, advancement, and other opportunities throughout your life. There really are no “minor” misdemeanors.

Don’t gamble on your future, even with a misdemeanor. My law firm, Weiser Law Group Inc, has been providing experienced legal representation to clients charged with misdemeanors in Wichita, Sedgwick County, and surrounding Kansas counties for more than 20 years. My experience as a former police officer and a practicing criminal defense attorney gives me a unique insight into the charges and prosecution of misdemeanor offenses.

Crimes Classified as Misdemeanors in Kansas

In Kansas, crimes are classified into four categories: felonies; misdemeanors; traffic infractions; and, cigarette or tobacco infractions. Felonies receive the most rigorous sentencing. Misdemeanor convictions are subject to fines, jail time, or both.

You can be charged with a misdemeanor for a broad range of crimes. For example, misdemeanor charges can result from arrests for possession of marijuana for personal use, driving under the influence, theft of property or services valued at $1,000 or less, assault by threatening another person, battery by striking another person, property damage, or patronizing a prostitute.

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Four Classes of Misdemeanors

Kansas statute defines four classes of misdemeanors, Class A, Class B, Class C, and Unclassified. Class A misdemeanors are the most serious, while Class C and Unclassified are the least serious and result in lesser punishment if convicted. Unclassified misdemeanors are crimes not specifically categorized as Class A, B, or C under the Kansas statute.

Examples of what types of crimes fall under which class of misdemeanors include: possession of marijuana for personal use is a Class A misdemeanor, assault, or a first offense of driving under the influence are Class B misdemeanors, and patronizing a prostitute is a Class C misdemeanor.

Possible Penalties for Misdemeanor Convictions

  • Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in county jail and up to a $2,500 fine.
  • Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in county jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
  • Class C misdemeanors are punishable by up to one month in county jail and up to a $500 fine.
  • Unclassified misdemeanors are subject to the same punishment as a Class C misdemeanor.

In all cases, if the misdemeanors were conducted while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the court can impose additional punishments involving drug and alcohol education. And if you were under the age of 21 at the time, the punishment is even more severe.

How Legal Counsel Can Help

A misdemeanor conviction in Kansas can negatively impact the rest of your life. So, if you’ve been charged with one, you need to retain legal representation to help you reduce that impact or eliminate the charge altogether. Even a charge of possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use can put you in jail for up to a year and cost you $2,500 in fines. Hiring a criminal defense attorney will be a sound investment in your future.

Skilled Misdemeanor Defense Attorney in Wichita, Kansas

If you’ve been arrested for a misdemeanor, you don’t have to go through it alone. Call Weiser Law Group Inc, to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. Let me put my law enforcement experience and my legal expertise to work for you and help you overcome this challenge. Call me today so we can start working toward the best outcome possible. I proudly represent clients in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Butler County, Harvey County, and Sumner County, Kansas.