The definition of a misdemeanor is a crime “punishable by imprisonment in the County Jail.”

The maximum sentence for a misdemeanor is one year, though most misdemeanors have only a six month sentencing limit.

Even though these cases are less serious than felony cases, there is still the exposure to real jail time for the client with any misdemeanor case. Typically, every sentence includes at least three years of probation, as well as a substantial fine.

After handling over 2,500 misdemeanor cases, I have established an excellent record in managing my clients’ misdemeanor cases and their respective exposure to jail. I have been able to get many misdemeanor cases either dismissed or sentenced reduced.

Examples of misdemeanors that I have defended include:

  • DUI Cases (over 1,000 handled)
  • Assault & Battery
  • Petty Theft / Shoplifting (special “civil compromise” remedy may be available)
  • Resisting Arrest / Interfering with a Peace Officer
  • Soliciting for a Prostitute
  • Malicious Mischief / Graffiti
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Public Intoxication
  • Public Fighting / Challenge to Fight
  • Carrying a Concealed / Loaded Firearm
  • Reckless Driving
  • Automobile Tampering
  • Selling / Providing Liquor to a Minor
  • Licensing Violations
  • …and many other offenses classified as “misdemeanors.”


Let me evaluate any misdemeanor charge against you or a loved one for possible defenses and mitigating circumstances.

As always, your initial confidential consultation is free of charge, and, of course, completely confidential whether you decide to retain me as your criminal defense attorney or not. Call me San Francisco defense attorney Michael Ross, 24/7 to arrange for a consultation.


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