If you have been arrested and charged for a crime, the type or strength of the charges matters—especially when it comes to deciding how you want to plead for your actions and what type of punishment you can expect from the criminal legal system. Many people do not understand the severity of some criminal actions and how those actions will be viewed by a judge or jury.
Here, you can learn about the difference between a felony and misdemeanor and what that difference means for you.
If there is one thing that people fear, it is the prospect of going to jail after being found guilty of a crime. Here are a few tips to help you avoid jail time when accused of driving under the influence (DUI):
Whether Your Charges Attract Minimum Penalties
Most jurisdictions specify minimum penalties for specific crimes. For example, you may find that receiving three DUI convictions within a span of five years attracts a mandatory minimum incarceration period of six months.