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NEW ORLEANS and Metairie Misdemeanor Lawyer

Louisiana Misdemeanor Charges 
We Fight For You

Welcome to Moisant Law Firm, your trusted partner in criminal defense in New Orleans.  We understand that facing criminal charges can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. That’s why we are here to guide you through the legal process and fight for your rights every step of the way. At Moisant Law Firm, we understand how disruptive misdemeanor  charges can be to your life. We want to help you so your charge is a thought of the past and you can move on with your life. Our founding attorney, Samantha Moisant, is a former prosecutor at the New Orleans District Attorney's office, giving her unique insight into how the prosecution builds their cases. With her in your corner, you can fight for the best possible outcome.

What is a Misdemeanor?
A misdemeanor is a type of criminal offense that is generally considered less severe than a felony. Misdemeanors encompass a wide range of unlawful activities that can still have significant consequences on your life. These offenses are typically punishable by fines, probation, community service, and incarceration in a local or county jail for up to one year. Unlike felonies, which carry more severe penalties and longer prison sentences, misdemeanors are nonetheless serious and require prompt legal attention.

Common Misdemeanors


  • Petty Theft: Shoplifting or stealing items of low monetary value.

  • Public Intoxication: Being visibly drunk or under the influence in public.

  • Simple Assault: Threatening or causing minor physical harm to another person.

  • Disorderly Conduct: Engaging in disruptive or offensive behavior in public.

  • Trespassing: Entering or remaining on property without permission.

  • Vandalism: Willfully damaging or defacing property.

  • Possession of Marijuana: Having a small amount of marijuana for personal use.

  • Reckless Driving: Operating a vehicle in a dangerous manner without regard for safety.

  • Simple Battery: Intentionally causing physical contact or harm to another person without their consent.

Penalties For Misdmeanors 


Penalties for misdemeanors can vary widely depending on the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding the case, and the defendant's prior criminal history. Common penalties include fines, which can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, and probation, which often requires adherence to strict conditions and regular meetings with a probation officer. Community service is another potential penalty, requiring the offender to perform a certain number of hours of unpaid work for the community. Incarceration is also a possibility, typically served in a local or county jail for up to one year. Additionally, a misdemeanor conviction can result in a permanent criminal record, which may impact future employment opportunities, housing, and more.

Contact Moisant Law Firm 


Don't face misdemeanor charges alone. Contact Moisant Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Call us at 504-317-1685  or fill out our online contact form.

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