Criminal Defense

Misdemeanors & Felonies

Criminal offenses such as misdemeanors and felonies are serious crimes that are punishable with serious consequences.  If you have been charged with a crime or are under investigation for a crime, it is extremely important that you retain a qualified criminal defense attorney. Paul L. Schneiderman has represented clients charged with crimes in municipal, district, superior and federal courts.

If you or someone that you care about has been convicted of a crime or is facing charges, contact Paul L. Schneiderman to discuss your options.

What is a Misdemeanor? 

A misdemeanor is a criminal offense of lesser gravity than a felony.  However, if convicted, a person may face serious consequences.  In Washington State, many misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail.  These charges are frequently filed in local municipal and district courts, but occasionally a person can be charged with a misdemeanor in Superior Court.

What is a Felony?

A felony is a criminal offense that is considered more serious than a misdemeanor in terms of punishment and other consequences.  For example, if convicted of a felony, a person may lose the right to vote, hold public office or possess a firearm – all constitutional rights.