Being arrested and charged with a crime changes your whole life, especially if you have been charged with a felony. Not only do you have to worry about defending yourself, you also have to worry about your job, reputation and personal relationships.
A&T Legal Group works with defendants in Los Angeles, Encino and surrounding areas. If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible following your arrest. With an attorney on your side, it is easier to navigate California’s court system. An experienced Los Angeles felony defense attorney can arrange for bail, negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor or defend you vigorously if you decide to take your case to court. To learn about your legal options and ensure your rights are protected, set up a free consultation with one of our Encino felony lawyers.
In California, every crime is classified as an infraction, misdemeanor or felony. Someone guilty of an infraction typically receives a fine, as is the case if someone is found guilty of violating the state’s traffic laws. The punishment for a misdemeanor conviction can include jail time, fines, probation, community service, mandatory participation in drug or alcohol treatment, or restitution to the victim. Petty theft and public drunkenness are examples of misdemeanors.
Felony crimes are the most serious. A felony often involves violence or the threat of violence. Fraud, embezzlement, forgery and other white-collar crimes are also classified as felonies. Someone convicted of a felony may spend one year or more in one of California’s state prisons. Fines, restitution and other penalties may also apply. Because the penalties for a felony conviction are so severe, be sure to contact A&T legal group as soon as possible after you are charged.
California uses subcategories to further classify felony crimes. A felony charge may be classified as Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D or Class E. The most serious charges, such as first-degree murder, are Class A felonies. The maximum penalty for a Class A felony conviction is life in prison or the death penalty. Although California stopped executing death-row inmates in 2006, it’s still possible for someone convicted of a Class A felony to be sentenced to death.
Kidnapping, forcible rape, armed robbery and some homicides are classified as Class B or Class C felonies. Although they are not punishable by life in prison or the death penalty, these felonies are still very serious. Someone convicted of a Class B or Class C felony typically spends several years in one of California’s state prisons. Because California has what is known as a “Three Strikes” law, multiple convictions can lead to lengthy prison sentences. A&T legal group has the skills and resources needed to defend you against a felony charge, so do not try to handle your own case. Contact a felony attorney in Encino to discuss your defense strategy.
Our felony attorneys in Los Angeles have extensive experience defending clients charged with felonies. If you are charged with a crime, one of our attorneys may be able to convince the prosecutor to charge you with a lesser offense. In California, many offenses are considered “wobblers,” which means they may be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances. If the prosecutor charges you with a misdemeanor instead of a felony, the penalties for a conviction are less severe.
It may also be possible to negotiate a plea bargain. If you accept a plea bargain, you agree to plead guilty in court. Plea bargains are usually arranged so that the defendant pleads guilty in exchange for a lesser sentence. You also have the right to defend yourself in court. If you decide to take your case to trial, make sure you have an experienced defense attorney on your side.
The Criminal Defense Attorneys at A&T Legal Group are ready to defend you against any felony charge.