Misdemeanor Lawyer Orange County
Misdemeanor Charges in California
A California misdemeanor is a crime for which the maximum sentence of confinement is not more than one year. In addition to potential jail sentences, individuals who are accused of misdemeanors may be facing stiff fines, loss of driving privileges, and other criminal penalties.
Although the potential sentence for a misdemeanor is less serious than the sentence for a felony, a misdemeanor conviction may have life-changing consequences. In addition to causing embarrassment and social stigma, any criminal conviction has the potential to affect current or future employment, as well as eligibility for professional licenses.
Some misdemeanor convictions result in the loss of the right to possess a firearm or to travel to foreign countries. Misdemeanor convictions may affect the immigration status of individuals who are not citizens.
Avoiding a conviction should be the first priority of anyone charged with a misdemeanor in California. Fortunately, a number of strategies can be implemented to help the accused escape the consequences of a misdemeanor conviction. Some of those strategies, such as seeking a deferred prosecution, involve negotiation.
Others involve filing motions to dismiss or to suppress evidence. When the accused is innocent or when there is a reasonable doubt about guilt, pursuing an acquittal at trial may be the best strategy.
Recognized by OC Metro Magazine as a Top Criminal Defense Lawyer and rated “superb” by a leading attorney rating service, Randy Collins has a long history of helping satisfied clients avoid misdemeanor convictions.
From our offices in Orange and Riverside Counties, we handle misdemeanor accusations in Los Angeles, San Diego, and elsewhere in Southern California.
To learn how The Law Offices of Randy Collins can design a misdemeanor defense to meet your needs, call (844) 285-9559 to speak with our Orange County misdemeanor attorneys.
California Misdemeanor Penalties
Some California crimes, called “wobblers,” can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Prosecutors typically charge them as felonies to increase their bargaining power, but when the facts underlying the accusation are not egregious, they might be charged as misdemeanors. The recent change in California law enacted by Proposition 47 reduced the penalties for many crimes by changing them from wobblers to misdemeanors.
Violent California crimes that are classified as wobblers or misdemeanors include:
Sex offenses that California classifies as wobblers or misdemeanors include: