Criminal Defense - Misdemeanors
I am Renée Yvonne Gardner, a San José criminal defense attorney. My law office is called Gardner Law.
Do misdemeanors go on my permanent record?
Yes. Misdemeanors go on your permanent criminal record. Misdemeanor convictions can cause problems in ways you never even thought about.
Is a misdemeanor is better than a felony?
In some ways, yes. But a misdemeanor is still a crime and it's never a good thing to have a criminal record.
Did you know that even misdemeanors can have serious consequences that can impact many aspects of your life? Don't let the fact that this is "just" a misdemeanor put you at ease. Some people think, "Well, it's not a felony, so it's no big deal, right?"
I think it's best to do everything you can reasonably do to try and keep a clean record. This is why you need to hire the right attorney for your misdemeanor. I really try my best to help you with the charges you are facing.
Will a misdemeanor ruin my life?
While a misdemeanor won't ruin your life, in California, misdemeanors can cause problems when it comes to these kinds of things:
- Banking: When you want to take out a loans, the banks pull your credit report. All kinds of factors come into play when determining creditworthiness.
- Housing: A potential landlord might prefer to rent to another person who does not have a record.
- Immigration relief: Criminal convictions, even misdemeanors, can have consequences with immigration. For instance, did you know that you can lose DACA forever just by getting convicted of a misdemeanor DUI?
- Insurance: Even if your misdemeanor conviction has nothing to do with driving, being convicted of a crime, even a misdemeanor, may lead an insurance company to view you as being a higher risk. So, they may raise your insurance rates, including your car insurance.
- Jobs: Getting certain jobs might be out of your reach, if you can't pass the background check.
- Professional licensing application: When applying to get a professional license, all professional license applications ask about your criminal record, even misdemeanors.
- Professional licensing renewal: In order to keep a professional license and not put it in danger of suspension, you have to keep your criminal record clean.
- Reputation: Your reputation can be at risk if you have a criminal records. They're public and are showing up more and more online.
- School: Some schools might deny your application for admission if you've got a criminal record.
- Stress: It's really stressful to have a criminal record. You never know when it's going to rear its ugly head. It can be embarrassing when people find out about it and start asking questions, or go to the courthouse and get a copy of your police report. That's why it's best to try to do everything you can reasonably do to avoid a criminal record - that goes for misdemeanors as well as felonies.
How long does a misdemeanor stay on my record?
California misdemeanors don't erase themselves so they will stay on your record until something happens to take them off. If you were convicted of a misdemeanor in California prior to January 1, 2021, someone has to take a step toward trying to fix your misdemeanor record. It won't happen on its own. But, if your misdemeanor conviction happened after January 1, 2021, a new law concerning criminal records that took effect on January 1, 2021 may help you. But this new law does not apply to all misdemeanor convictions and it only applies to misdemeanor convictions that occurred on or after January, 1 2021.
Do I need a lawyer for my misdemeanor case?
Yes. I believe that it's best to have a lawyer anytime you're facing criminal charges. You've got too much to lose to chance it on your own.
My criminal defense is focused on misdemeanors. Although I handle many DUI cases, I also represent people charged with other types of misdemeanors. I handle criminal defense cases in Santa Clara County and on occasion other counties.
If your criminal case happened in one of the below places, please consider scheduling a consultation with me.
If you retain me on the case that we discussed, I'll refund the consultation fee to your account. Here are the places where crimes happen and I represent people who are charged with these crimes:
- Los Gatos
- Los Altos
- Los Altos Hills
- Monte Sereno
- Morgan Hill
- Mountain View
- Palo Alto
- San Jose
- Santa Clara
I also handle criminal defense where the defendant has the risk of immigration consequences. These cases can really be life changing, and I love to help people during these super critical times in their lives.
I have been licensed to practice law in California for 15 years. I love being an attorney and am proud to be part of the legal profession.
Please read on for what you need to know about your DUI case.
Do you offer free consultations for criminal cases?
My time is valuable and so is yours. So, if you need to talk about getting help on your criminal defense case, there is a charge to consult with me in person or by phone. In person visits are not available during the pandemic.
Consultations on criminal defense cases and DMV hearings are $225 for a 30 minute phone consultation with me, Attorney Renée Yvonne Gardner.
These payments are only accepted through PayPal by clicking the yellow Pay Now button:
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In the message box, please write 30 min.
But, the good news is that if you hire me after the phone consultation, for the case about which we spoke, the $225 gets credited to your account.