Many people come into our office and ask if they should accept an offer from the Prosecutor and plead guilty to a misdemeanor. Many people believe that pleading guilty will help the problem go away faster as they do not have to make additional trips to Court, and it will save them the expense of hiring a San Diego Criminal Defense lawyer.
Whereas this is true, the problem does not, in fact, go away. Certainly, the person has no additional expenses, and they do not have to stress about coming to Court and addressing the charge. However, the conviction will remain on their record.
Having a misdemeanor charge on your record will impact your life in ways that are a lot more serious than the stress of appearing Court and hiring an attorney.