authenticWEB’s Orlando video production team produced this video as the latest segment in a series of video blog posts for Manhattan criminal defense attorney Paul D. Petrus, Jr.

In this video blog post, attorney Paul D. Petrus, Jr. explains the benefit of having a private criminal defense attorney represent you in a misdemeanor case. While you may assume that being charged with a first offense misdemeanor in New York isn’t very serious, that doesn’t mean you should discount the value of having a knowledgable private attorney represent you. Quality legal representation is just as important in a misdemeanor case as it is in a felony case. Since the state of New York does not expunge crimes, a misdemeanor conviction can follow you for the rest of your life.

Many first time misdemeanor offenders are upstanding citizens with careers and a bright future. An experienced attorney can fight a misdemeanor charge on your behalf and minimize the consequences that a misdemeanor charge may have on your future.

To watch more videos in this series and find answers to your legal questions, visit the blog of Paul D. Petrus, Jr. at