California Criminal Law

If you have been accused of violating California criminal law, you need a skilled and experienced defense attorney to fight for your freedom aggressively.

Our California Criminal Law Attorneys Can Help

Violating a California Criminal Law can result in significant consequences, consisting of jail time, fines, and a criminal record. Facing criminal charges may leave you feeling frightened or uncertain about how your future might be impacted. 

Here at the Law Office of Christopher Chaney, we will examine all the facts of your case and come up with a strategy to get you back on your feet. You don’t have to face charges of breaking a California criminal law alone — we will handle your matter as if it were our own.


Understanding the California Criminal Code

How does the California Criminal Code define a crime? According to California Penal Code section 15, a crime is any act that violates the law. These are divided into the three following categories:

  • Infractions
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies

Depending on the detail surrounding the incident and the criminal history of the accused, you may face more substantial charges than someone charged with a first offense of breaking a California criminal law.

California Code of Criminal Procedure

If you are arrested, a reputable attorney will advise you of the California Code of criminal procedure. Being convicted of a criminal charge may result in harsh penalties, such as jail time, that have life-long consequences. Even after serving time, you may still face the collateral consequences of the conviction, such as difficulties finding a job, furthering your education, or securing adequate housing.


California Criminal Procedures

As a private citizen dealing with California criminal procedures, you have the right to an attorney. Even if you have nothing to hide and desire to cooperate, you should speak with your lawyer before talking to the authorities or making any legal choices.


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California Crime Codes

Penal California crime codes are divided into the following six parts:

  1. Codifies crimes against the state and crimes against public health and safety
  2. Codifies CA’s criminal procedure system
  3. Codifies statutes governing the corrections system and provides provisions governing the county jails, state prisons, and the death penalty
  4. Codifies statutes governing crime control, crime prevention, criminal investigations, gun control, and police officer and prison officer training
  5. Authorizes the establishment and maintenance of CA Peace Officers Memorial Foundation on the state Capitol grounds
  6. Codifies statutes dealing with weapon management 

Your attorney will assess the facts of the case to prepare an effective California criminal law defense. 


California Violation Codes

Using the California violation codes, I will work relentlessly to analyze all of your choices and make sure you comprehend every step of the process. As an attorney experienced litigating California criminal law cases, I will seek an acquittal, rather than quickly accepting any plea bargains the Prosecution offers.


California Penal Code Book

The California Penal Code Book is published and released each year to provide citizens and law firms with the most recent California criminal law information.


California Classification of Crimes

Of the three California classifications of crimes, infractions are likely the most common. These include less severe offenses like traffic and parking violations that are usually settled with a small fine.

According to California criminal law, standard misdemeanors are punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 or up to six months in jail. The most typical include:

A felony conviction brings a sentence of more than one year in prison and/or fined approximately $10,000. In the most severe cases, they can result in a sentence of death. These include:

  • Lewd acts with a child under 14 
  • Homicide
  • Rape and sex crimes
  • Sale of a controlled substance 
  • Vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence 

You deserve to fight your criminal charges, and the team at the Law Office of Christopher Chaney is at your service to work through every option, from reducing charges to defeating them altogether. 

Contact a California Criminal Lawyer to Fight Your Charges

Some California criminal law firms may become jaded to the criminal justice system and treat you as just another number. We at the Law Office of Christopher Chaney take a fresh and optimistic approach to every new case. Whether a felony or misdemeanor, we will thoroughly examine your case to put you in the best position possible.

Regardless of your circumstance, you are not alone in your fight. If you or someone you love is facing criminal charges, time is of the essence. Click here to schedule a free in-person consultation, and we will assist with finding a solution to whatever problem you may face.