Santa Barbara Misdemeanor Defense Attorney

The Importance of Effective Misdemeanor Defense

Our criminal defense attorneys, Jeremy Lessem, Joshua Newstat and Mark Lessem have over 50 years of combined experience representing clients in all types of misdemeanor offenses. At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, we have a passion for defending individuals against the sometimes unfair and unforgiving criminal justice system. In misdemeanor cases, individuals who do not seek effective and experienced legal representation often waive their fundamental rights simply by not knowing the laws put in place in order to protect them. A Santa Barbara criminal defense attorney from our firm will protect your rights and shield you from the negative consequences of a misdemeanor conviction.

Seeking Our a Qualified Misdemeanor Lawyer in Santa Barbara

Prosecutors and even judges sometimes do not view misdemeanor crimes with the level of seriousness necessary given the impact a guilty conviction will have on your life . On the most part, these law enforcers feel that an individual accused of a misdemeanor will not challenge his or her charges and will accept whatever penalties come with a conviction , if only in to get the matter done with and out of the way as quickly as possible. We let your prosecutors know immediately that we will not back down from a fight. If it helps your cause, we will take your case as far as it will go to have your charges dropped or your penalties minimized.

No matter if you were arrested for a drug crime such as misdemeanor possession or a theft crime like petty theft, the penalties associated with a conviction can have a lasting impact on your future and the future of your family. You could face up to a year in a county jail for each charge, significant fines, probation, and court ordered counseling. You will also have to go through life with a criminal record that will affect your ability to get a good job or live an ordinary life. Our attorneys will explore every line of defense available in order to avoid or reduce jail time. We will pursue other options such as community service or drug treatment programs to minimize the severity of any potential punishments.

Contact a Santa Barbara misdemeanor defense attorney if you stand accused of a misdemeanor offense and you would like legal guidance and protection.