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Defending yourself and your rights in our complex legal system is nearly impossible without an experienced defense attorney on your side. But deciding to pay the high cost most law firms charge is not always realistic for minor criminal charges.
I am committed to providing cost-effective legal defense for individuals charged with minor criminal charges without sacrificing quality. I do this by re-thinking how legal services are provided.
What is a misdemeanor crime?
A misdemeanor is any criminal charge where the possible jail time is one year or less. These cases are handled primarily in Circuit Court, but they may be handled in Municipal Court. I split my representation costs between Pre-Trial and Trial Representation.
I handle most all misdemeanor charges. Below is a list of some common misdemeanor charges I handle often.
Marijuana Possession / Marijuana Use
Possession and use of marijuana is illegal in Wyoming and prosecuted regularly in Campbell County, even if the marijuana was purchased legally in a different state where it is legal or with a medical marijuana card.
- Less than 3 ounces of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Wyoming.
- The total weight of edible marijuana in cookie, brownie, candy or other forms can be weighed and counted toward the 3 ounces.
- A third or subsequent possession of marijuana charge can be a felony even if the other convictions are not in Wyoming.
While Wyoming may be behind the times when it comes to marijuana, especially since many of the other States surrounding Wyoming allow its use in some form or another, marijuana possession charges are on the rise in Wyoming.
Law enforcement does not look the other way on marijuana and a conviction can have serious consequences, especially if you have been convicted of marijuana possession before.
Most people convicted of a misdemeanor crime do little to no jail time. A jail sentence is “suspended” in favor of probation, for example:
180 days in jail, all suspended in favor of 1 year of probation.
That means the person will not be going to jail, but if they violate a term of their probation they could serve up to 180 days in jail.
Probation revocations occur all the time and they are not something to be taken lightly. A prosecutor has a lower standard to prove a probation violation than a criminal charge and you don’t have a right to a jury on a probation revocation.
Sometimes you may not know if you need to hire an attorney or not.
I offer legal counseling sessions where I discuss your charges with you and can provide the following:
- Determine if an attorney is necessary in your matter.
- Explain the court process so you know how your case will progress.
- Advise you on how to represent yourself if that is what you want to do.
- Review a plea offer with you to determine if it is reasonable.
- Explain the law and how it applies to you in your case.
I do not pressure you to hire me in these sessions and if at the end you decide you would like to hire me, I will apply the cost of your session to your case with no extra charge.
Driving under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances or a combination of both is a unique type of criminal charge in Wyoming. The law in Wyoming has been crafted and changed over the years to make defending against such a charge very difficult and specialized.
Nonetheless there may be a defense in your case such as:
- Not actually driving
- The traffic stop was illegal
- Not actually under the influence
A Separate License Matter:
DUI conviction also has immediate impacts on your license. A completely separate legal process through the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the Office of Administrative Hearings must be handled alongside the criminal charge if it is contested. You can fight your criminal charge without having to contest a license suspension.
Municipal Court Charges (City Court)
Sometimes charges may be filed in Municipal Court, which handles alleged violations of city ordinances.
This is a completely different court than Circuit Court with different rules and procedures. Check your citation (ticket) to make sure you know in what court your case has been filed.
Charges in Municipal Court are usually less time intensive to handle, but not always. I can handle most of them for less than a case in Circuit, but call for a free consultation to make sure.
Some legal matters I don’t handle
Some legal matters I don’t handle. By focusing my practice, I can take advantage of efficiencies and pass those savings on to you in the form of reduced costs. To do this I can’t handle all types of cases and areas of law. Below is a list of some of the types of cases I don’t handle:
Criminal charges where the maximum sentence is more than one year in prison
Family Law Cases
Speeding tickets / minor traffic tickets
Charges filed outside of Northeast Wyoming
Suing or being sued