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Misdemeanor Criminal Defense




Misdemeanor Crime Defense


Louisiana Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyers

Experienced Louisiana Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights

Dealing with an arrest is frightening, no matter the charge that follows. If you are prosecuted after being arrested or receiving a court summons for a misdemeanor criminal offense, you may be at serious risk of serving jail time, losing your driver’s license, being placed under court supervision, or even losing your job, depending on the nature of the charges against you. In many cases, these results can happen after only your first court appearance. If your arrest and prosecution results in a criminal conviction, having a permanent criminal record can have many other life-altering consequences other than just jail time or a lost license.

Punishment Ranges in Louisiana

Even misdemeanor criminal charges can carry serious consequences. In Louisiana, a misdemeanor criminal offense is one that is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year. Depending on the specific crime, however, you may be facing additional fines and penalties. If you’ve been charged and convicted of multiple prior misdemeanor offenses, your current charges can sometimes be prosecuted as felony offenses, which typically carry heavier fines and longer terms of imprisonment.  

Types of Misdemeanors in Louisiana 

The following criminal offenses are considered misdemeanors in the state of Louisiana:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DWI / DUI)
  • Underage consumption or possession of alcohol
  • Simple battery
  • Assault
  • Domestic abuse battery
  • Simple possession of marijuana
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Criminal trespass
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Harassments
  • Illegal carrying of weapons
  • Other minor criminal offenses

Even these offenses may be considered felony charges in certain circumstances. It is important to have the right lawyer on your side when facing any of these charges. 

Choosing the Right Lawyer

Whether you’ve been charged with driving under the influence (DUI), theft, simple battery, criminal trespass, first offense possession of marijuana, or minor weapons offenses, choosing the right lawyer for your misdemeanor charges is critical. You may be tempted to try to defend the charges yourself, but an experienced lawyer can help identify the best legal and factual defenses to your arrest and prosecution. 

At Mansfield Melancon, you will find talented and hard-working lawyers dedicated to the defense of people charged with all types of misdemeanor criminal offenses in the Greater Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas, and throughout Louisiana. We are prepared to respond to your case immediately. Although no lawyer can guarantee any particular outcome with your charges, we will work tirelessly to see that your charges are dismissed or reduced if at all possible.  

When Should I call a Lawyer?

If you are in need of reliable legal advice on how to proceed after a misdemeanor arrest or investigation, contact Mansfield Melancon immediately to make sure your rights and interests are being protected.  It is important that your constitutional rights are protected. It is equally important to have a team of skilled lawyers who will provide the personalized attention your case requires and deserves. You can reach us at our New Orleans number at 504-500-1108, Baton Rouge number at 225-612-0800, Lafayette number at 337-409-0003, or you can contact us online.  You can also send us an email with questions about your claim at


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