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Misdemeanor Crimes

Although misdemeanor crimes are often considered ‘minor’ criminal charges simply because they tend to carry less severe sentences, make no mistake that a misdemeanor is still a criminal charge. And like any criminal charge, there are consequences, both immediate and long term.

Typical misdemeanor crimes include:

If you or a loved one has been charged with a misdemeanor crime, you should seek the advice of an experienced California criminal defense attorney. Having an attorney experienced with LA misdemeanor crimes is important as, even if not as serious as a felony crime, misdemeanors still come with some hefty penalties.

For example, for the more serious misdemeanor charges, sentencing can include up to one year in a local or county jail and/or up to $1,000.00 in fines. In addition, a judge may order you to perform counseling or community service – all of which could disrupt your work and home life. Furthermore, failure to comply with these ‘simple’ punishments can trigger a quick escalation and additional charges.

More so, California has some unique laws that could affect your misdemeanor charge. Take for example the wobbler law, which allows a prosecutor to have the discretion to increase your misdemeanor up to a felony (or an infraction up to a misdemeanor) depending on the facts of your case and your criminal history. Examples of wobbler offenses include:

  • Brandishing a weapon (up to one year in jail, maximum $1,000 fine)
  • Elder abuse (up to one year in jail, maximum $6,000 fine)
  • Assault with deadly weapon (up to one year in jail and maximum $10,000 fine)

One should also keep in mind that most misdemeanor crimes in California will trigger a probation sentence. According to California law, a judge will impose numerous conditions that you must adhere to in order to avoid jail time. These requirements could include community service, electronic monitoring, house arrest, counseling, treatment programs and paying victim restitution. Failure to perform will be considered a violation of your probation, which could result in increased jail time.

Your California Misdemeanor Crimes Attorney

The Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman specialize in defending LA misdemeanor crimes. If you or a loved one is facing a misdemeanor charge, seek the support of an attorney practicing only in criminal defense. Remember, when your future is on the line, call the Law Offices of Jonathan I. Kelman at 310.286.1218 for your free initial consultation.

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