Have you been arrested and charged for a crime in Los Angeles County? You likely are worried about how it will affect your wallet as well as your future. Will you have to go to jail? Will it affect your job, your social standing, even your family relations?
Every criminal case is different with its own set of unique circumstances. However, turning to a legal professional is the single most important step you can take to begin to understand the situation you are in. If you are facing an arrest in or around Los Angeles County, we recommend that you turn to RPM Law, where we have been practicing in this field for almost a decade.
Our Newport Beach criminal defense lawyer can review the particulars of your case to help you understand your position and create a defense plan for reaching the best possible outcome through negotiation with the prosecutor or through presentation of your case in court.
At RPM Law, we handle all California misdemeanor offenses. A misdemeanor is technically an offense that will result in a jail sentence of no more than a year. It is considered less serious than a felony offense.
What Are the Penalties for a Misdemeanor in California?
In California, misdemeanors are divided into two categories. The first is the standard misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in a county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. The second is an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in a county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
What Are Examples of Misdemeanors in CA?
Misdemeanors offenses include:
- Petty theft
- Drug possession
- Public drunkenness
- First-offense indecent exposure
- Domestic violence
- Driving with a suspended license
- Restraining order violations
Being convicted for a misdemeanor leaves you with a permanent criminal record.
This can be detrimental to your future when applying for:
- Professional licenses
- Financial aid
- And more
However, just because you have been arrested and charged does not necessarily mean you will be convicted. Retaining the services of an experienced attorney can help. That is why it is vital that you consult with our criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible for skilled legal representation.
What is Considered a Felony Charge?
In the state of California, a felony is a crime more serious than a misdemeanor, which results in penalties anywhere from minimum 1+ year in prison to the death penalty. Felony penalties often include large fines. Felonies vary based on if they were committed against a person or against property and have different classes, depending on the offense.
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