When residents of Ocean County hear news stories of people who’ve been charged with misdemeanors, their first assumptions may be that the penalties being meted out aren’t very serious. Yet despite the reputation for being a light penalty, misdemeanor convictions should not be viewed as a slap on the wrist. They can carry with them some pretty heavy consequences, particularly if one has past offenses on his or her record.
Such is the case of a young man currently being sought by authorities in Pennsylvania. He is currently facing a misdemeanor charge of theft after allegedly scamming a teenage boy. The victim claims that he met with the man at a local store with the assumption that the man had marijuana to sell. Yet after taking the teen’s money, the man excused himself to the restroom and never returned.
This episode does not represent the young man’s first encounter with law enforcement. He was cited for being drunk in public back earlier this year in the same town where this latest alleged offense happened. He was finally found by Pennsylvania authorities after being detained in Cape May County on drug possession charges. A warrant is currently out for his arrest after he skipped his most recent court hearing.
Those facing misdemeanor charges could find their chances of successfully challenging them in court hindered if they have past offenses on their records. Yet arguing against a past record may be possible depending upon the nature of the offense in question as well as with the right case guidance. That guidance may best be found in the form of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: The Reporter “Warrant issued for man facing theft charge in phony Lansdale pot deal” Goldberg, Michael, May 21, 2015