Criminal Misdemeanor Defense
Centro Legal provides complete direct representation in criminal misdemeanor defense cases. A misdemeanor defense case involves criminal charges including:
- No Contact Violation
- Disorderly Conduct
- Operating After Revocation
- Operating While Intoxicated
- Possession of Controlled Substances
- Diversion Agreements
- Deferred Prosecution Agreements
Centro Legal represents clients who do not qualify for public defender representation, but are too poor to hire private counsel. The income guideline to qualify for public defender representation is set at 115% of the federal poverty guidelines (including any assets), leaving a significant gap in legal support for those with low and modest incomes. Our clients, the working poor, often have the most to lose with a misdemeanor charge. We ensure our clients understand their legal rights and responsibilities, enabling them to make informed decisions about their cases. We work to minimize the time clients spend in court and away from their jobs and families. In many cases, Centro Legal represents clients in a diversion or deferred prosecution agreement. In these cases, the defendant enters an agreement with the district attorney to complete programming to address areas of need such as substance abuse treatment or mental health services. When a participant is successful, charges are never issued or are dismissed.
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