Sometimes bad things happen to good people and the need arises for criminal representation.

Misdemeanors

Some examples of Misdemeanors are trespassing, driving under the influence, petty theft, disorderly conduct, shoplifting, possession of obscene matter, receiving stolen property, driving on a suspended license, being drunk in public, illegal gambling, violation of restraining orders, solicitation of prostitution, reckless driving, assault and battery, domestic violence, and exhibition of speed.

Under California’s laws, misdemeanors are crimes punishable by up to 364 days in local or county jail. More serious crimes (felonies) are punishable by death or imprisonment in state prison.

Misdemeanor Expungement

An expungement is a process that erases a conviction from a criminal record. This can have can have profound effects on your life, possibly enabling you to get certain jobs or receive a loan for a home. It allows you to legally and honestly be able to report that you have not been convicted of a crime.

Felonies

Dealing with a felony charge in California can be a complicated, overwhelming, frightening experience. If you are convicted of a felony, you could be sentenced to state prison.  In fact, the most serious California felonies can even be punished by death, as California is currently a capital punishment state.

People convicted of a felony in California may also be fined up to $10,000 in addition to, or instead of, imprisonment

Alternatively, a judge might sentence a felony offender to California formal (felony) probation. If granted felony probation the offender will serve, at most, one year in county jail.

“Wobblers” are crimes that can be either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on how the crime is charged.  Wobblers are most likely to result in a misdemeanor conviction if the facts show that the defendant’s behavior was not particularly egregious or if the defendant does not have a serious criminal record.  Evading a peace office is an example of a crime that may be tried and punished as a misdemeanor or a felony

Three Strikes  Under this law, anyone who is convicted of three serious or violent felonies (three strikes) receives a very long prison sentence.

California has put into place a three strikes law where under the California Penal Cord section 667 an individual who has committed an offense three times will face worse felony convictions than a one time offender.

On the second strike a person will receive a conviction with a limitation on the amount of good behavior reductions allowed. A second strike will also receive a double prison sentence automatically. If two strikes have already been made and a third is received, an individual is automatically sentenced to twenty-five years to life in prison without the opportunity for parole.