Felony Defense Attorney Los Angeles
According to Superior Court of California, a felony is a crime that carries a minimum prison sentence of at least one year in prison.
Here is a list of crimes that are felonies in the State of California:
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Vehicular homicide
- Sexual assault
- Grand theft
You should also be aware that in Los Angeles and throughout the State of California, some crimes are wobblers, meaning the prosecution has the discretion of charging the defendant with either a misdemeanor or a felony. For example, if you have been charged with a DUI, the prosecution has the discretion to charge a DUI as either a felony or a misdemeanor.
That said, most first offense DUIs are charged as misdemeanors, however, those that result in injury to others can be charged as felonies.
When deciding whether to file a charge as a misdemeanor or a felony charge, the prosecutor considers the circumstances surrounding the offense. If aggravating factors are present, he or she may decide to charge something that would otherwise be a felony as a misdemeanor.
At The H Law Group, we understand that being charged with a felony or a misdemeanor is a tough thing to go through emotionally and financially. So, we will do all that we can to make the process as easy and as painless as possible for you. We will take care of the legal representation, and we have payment plans that are suitable for your financial situation. So, if you have been charged with a felony offense, contact Felony Defense Attorney Los Angeles at The H Law Group to defend you.
We have defended individuals charged with almost any type of felony, so we have the knowledge and experience to achieve the best possible results for you. We will assist you throughout the entire legal process. We will do all that we can to ensure that you’re treated fairly by the court
What is a Felony?
A felony is a crime that is considered to be more serious than a misdemeanor. An individual who is convicted of a felony is usually sentenced to serve prison time in California State Prison. On the other hand, those convicted of a misdemeanor are sentenced to serve jail time instead of prison time, and jail sentences almost always go up to only one year in jail.
Felony offenses are always brought by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, whereas misdemeanors can be charged by either the DA’s Office or by the City Attorney’s Office.
Individuals who are convicted of felonies, usually serve some prison time and are later released on parole or formal probation where the individual has to periodically check in with his parole officer. Things are different for those who are convicted of a misdemeanor.
Those who are convicted of a first offense misdemeanor, do not serve jail time with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Instead, they are released on informal probation for three to five years and do not have to check in with a parole officer. They simply need to follow the terms of their probation and promise not to commit any additional crimes while they are on probation.
What Happens to an Individual Who is Convicted of a Felony?
An individual who is convicted of a felony may have to serve a lengthy prison sentence, pay hefty court fees, fines, and penalty assessment, as well as serve probation or parole upon release from prison.
Also, an individual who is convicted of a felony offense in the State of California loses their right to own a firearm. There is a lifetime ban on gun ownership for those convicted of a felony offense. Even if an individual were to get his felony expunged and removed from his criminal record, his right to own a firearm will not be restored.
A felony conviction appears on a person’s criminal record and any other party who requests your criminal record will be able to see your felony conviction on your criminal record unless you have your conviction expunged from your criminal record. For example, if you apply for a job and your employer conducts a background check, your criminal conviction will appear on the background check unless you have it expunged (removed) from your criminal record.
Also, if you are a holder of a professional license, such as a license to practice law or a real estate license, your license may be suspended or revoked upon a conviction of a felony. As such, if you value your professional license or job, you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who handles felonies to fight for you.
At The H Law Group, we have achieved successful results for our client, often having their felony offenses reduced into a misdemeanor offense, which have less societal stigma and impact upon one’s future. As such, to mitigate the consequences a felony conviction can have on your future, it’s best to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to defend you.
Reducing a Felony into a Misdemeanor (Wobbler)
As previously mentioned, some crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If you hire an experienced felony defense attorney at The H Law Group, he will do everything he can to have your charges dismissed. If he is not successful in doing so, he will look at weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you to negotiate that the charges against you will be reduced into a misdemeanor. Although having a misdemeanor conviction comes with its own set of consequences, having a misdemeanor conviction vs a felony conviction is much better for you. Misdemeanors do not have the society stigma that misdemeanors do, and the consequences are much more lenient than those of a felony conviction.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Felony Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a felony offense in Los Angeles or elsewhere in the State of California, you should immediately contact an experienced Los Angeles Felony Defense Attorney to represent you in court and fight for you. At the outset of every case, one of our criminal defense lawyers will examine the facts of your case to determine whether a dismissal is possible. If he believes that a dismissal is possible, he will communicate this fact to the prosecution. If the prosecution dismissed your case, you’re free to go. However, if the prosecution refuses to dismiss your case, our attorneys will do all that they can to negotiate the best possible plea deal for you. Schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.