A misdemeanor is considered to be a crime that is less serious than a felony and does not carry a potential prison sentence. Someone who is convicted of a misdemeanor can be sentenced to county jail and is typically put on probation for a period of three to five years.
Standard misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 court fine, excluding penalties and assessments. Aggravated misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by up to a year in jail. In addition, many crimes are classified as “wobblers” that can be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors. When making a filing decision, prosecutors will consider the facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal record, if any. If a “wobbler” is filed as a misdemeanor, it is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
While felony offenses in Los Angeles are always prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, misdemeanors may be filed by either the DA’s office or by a City Attorney, depending on where the offense occurred.
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. Contact the Law Office of Christopher Chaney today for a free consultation, and we will assist with finding a solution to whatever problem you may face.
Criminal Law Practice Areas
There are many different kinds of homicide in California, from first-degree murder to involuntary manslaughter. All charges of homicide are serious and have serious implications.
Possessing a controlled substance is one of the most common criminal charges. Whether you have been charged for possession or drug trafficking, we can fight the charges you face.
Any kind of abuse or violence among family members, domestic partners, or spouses is considered domestic violence. Accusations of domestic violence are complicated, but we will sort out the facts and fight the charges made against you.
It can be incredibly easy to unknowingly violate the terms of your probation and land right back in jail or prison. Having a knowledgable attorney at your hearing is the first step in fighting a probation violation charge.
Assault & Battery
These charges are incredibly complex and interwoven. Assault could mean you willfully tried to inflict force while battery means you actually harmed someone.
If you\’ve been accused of a theft crime, your reputation and freedom are on the line. In the state of California, theft crimes cover a wide range of offenses, from misdemeanors to felonies. Our firm can help defend you in the face of a stressful situation.
DUI and DUI Expungements
Being convicted of a DUI can have serious consequences. The goal of our representation is to get the best outcome in your DUI case. We\’ll assess your options, protect your rights, and make sure you have a fighting chance in court.
Sex crimes can include charges of rape, possessing child pornography, or soliciting a prostitute, and more. Don\’t let a sex crime conviction ruin your life and your reputation—we can help.
Even misdemeanor offenses such as shoplifting, public intoxication, or disorderly conduct can have serious penalties. You should never think that if you plead guilty to a misdemeanor, you can quickly put it behind you.
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