Protecting Your Rights After a Federal Misdemeanor Charge
Visitors and locals flock to California’s national parks and forests to experience the stunning biodiversity our state has to offer. From Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree, Redwood and Yosemite, there are plenty of opportunities to experience California’s natural beauty. However, this also means more opportunities for authorities to catch you committing a crime on federal property and charge you with a federal misdemeanor.
Although misdemeanors are punished less severely than felony offenses, a conviction can still follow you for the rest of your life. Your best chance at avoiding a permanent criminal record is to work with an experienced federal criminal defense attorney.
At David J.P. Kaloyanides, A Professional Law Corporation, in Long Beach, attorney David J.P. Kaloyanides has over 30 years of experience defending Los Angeles County clients against various federal misdemeanor offenses. As a certified specialist in criminal law by the California Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Kaloyanides has the experience and knowledge necessary to fight back against federal criminal charges.
A Simple Mistake Can Lead to Lifelong Consequences
A crime is a federal misdemeanor when the offense violates federal law or if you committed it on federal property. Federal property includes national parks and forests, military bases, federal government buildings and courthouses, post offices, airports and national historic sites. For example, you could face federal misdemeanor charges if law enforcement catches you driving drunk or off-road in a national park.
Common federal misdemeanor crimes include:
- Possessing a controlled substance in national parks and military bases
- Destroying plants of a protected classification
- Driving offroad in a national park
- Driving drunk in a national park
A federal misdemeanor conviction can result in hefty fines, up to a year in federal prison and a permanent criminal record. A DUI conviction can also lead to losing your driver’s license, and the judge may require you to attend a treatment program or install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. An experienced federal criminal defense attorney can help you fight for a favorable outcome in your case.
Putting Board-Certified Criminal Defense Experience to Work for You
When you work with Mr. Kaloyanides, you will receive the personal attention and tailored legal strategy you deserve. He will thoroughly examine all evidence against you to build a strong case in your defense. To schedule a consultation at his Long Beach office, call Call or complete an online contact form.