A first degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 365 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000.00. A second degree misdemeanor is punishable up to sixty (60) days in jail, six months probation, and a fine up to $500.00.  DE LA TORRE LAW FIRM handles many misdemeanor cases including but not limited to misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence (DUI with NO bodily harm or property damage), Petite Theft, Possession of Cannabis under 20 grams, Trespassing, Simple Battery or Domestic Violence. The key in many of these cases is early representation, including talking to witnesses and other individuals to collect information and evidence while its still fresh in peoples minds, this may reveal evidence that will effect the outcome of your case. These are the reasons that you need to retain counsel.