It really bugs me when my clients remind me that their case is "just a misdemeanor."
Wait! What? I thought I was assigned to the Capital Punishment bureau! A misdemeanor? How did this pesky misdemeanor sneak in here?
This reminder is usually immediately followed by the reminder that the case should be dismissed. As in, "It's just a misdemeanor, why don't they just drop it?" Oh, yes, the case is just punishable by up to a year in jail, that's synonymous with dismissal. Gee, why don't I just go tell the judge right now.
"Judge, excuse me, my client just pointed out to me that this case is just a misdemeanor. So, um... no problem, it's just dismissed, right?"
And, to be honest, I sometimes use the words "just a misdemeanor." But I have cases that are felonies! To me, your case can be "just a misdemeanor." But you shouldn't have so many open felony cases, that your pending misdemeanor case can't be of the utmost importance to you.
Because, the truth is, the prosecutor assigned to your case most likely handles only misdemeanors. So, to him, your misdemeanor is one of the most important cases he has. It's like a murder case to a prosecutor who only handles murder cases. And, that prosecutor has to go to trial and win a few misdemeanors before he ever gets to move on to the bigger cases. So, you'd better believe he's not going to just dismiss your case.
And you face up to a year in jail. So unless you can honestly say the words "just a year," then you can just stop saying the words, "just a misdemeanor."