Frequently Asked Questions

If you are charged with a petty misdemeanor, it is not a crime. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, or felony, you have been charged with a crime.
A petty misdemeanor is not a crime. It is a violation of the law, but not a crime. It is punishable by up to a $300 fine. You cannot go to jail for a petty misdemeanor. Many petty misdemeanors are driving offenses.
A misdemeanor is a crime. A crime is conduct which is punishable by jail, a fine, or both. A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 90 days, a $1,000, or both.
A gross misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by up to 1 year in jail, a $3,000 fine, or both.
A felony is the most serious type of crime and a person may be sentenced to imprisonment for more than 1 year.
If you feel comfortable representing yourself, you can certainly do so. However, Ms. Kimball can speak to the prosecutor and/or hearing officer with ease and confidently request a positive and realistic outcome in your case. She has spent thousands of hours in the courtroom and has the knowledge, experience, confidence, and communication skills that are necessary to obtain the best deal possible in your case.
You will not speak to the Judge about the merits of your case. Whether you will even see a Judge depends primarily on the level of the offense you have allegedly committed. In a felony or gross misdemeanor, you will see the Judge at the first appearance, but you will not speak about the merits of your case whatsoever. You will be advised of your rights and informed of your right to have an attorney represent you. You may receive a copy of the Complaint, if you have not already received one in the mail. In a misdemeanor or petty misdemeanor, you will first have the opportunity to speak with the prosecutor. If you plead guilty that day, you will see the Judge in a misdemeanor case because the Judge will pronounce the sentence. In a petty misdemeanor, you will not appear in front of the Judge.
A conviction means either that you offer a plea of guilty to the court and it is accepted and recorded OR that a judge finds you guilty OR that a jury gives a verdict of guilty.
Generally speaking, a mistake on a citation/ticket rarely warrants dismissal. This is because the citation/ticket can always be amended, or changed by the prosecutor after-the-fact. The facts of each individual case vary, so its best to speak with an attorney about the specific facts and charges in your case.