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What are California's Felony Laws

In criminal law, offenses are generally divided into two main categories: misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is considered a less severe crime and thereby incurs lesser punishments than felony offenses.

In California, a crime that is prosecuted as a felony carries a sentence of at least one year in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The most serious felonies can even be punished by life imprisonment or the death penalty. In some cases, a judge may decide to sentence an offender to felony probation, with a maximum jail sentence of one year.

There are two distinct types of felonies in California, including:

  • Straight felonies – The most serious type of felonies, straight felonies are those that can only be charged and punished as a felony. These types of felonies cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor. Examples of straight felonies includemurder, rape, lewd acts with children under 14, sale of a controlled substance, and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.
  • Wobbler felonies A wobbler offense is a crime that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The prosecutor will determine which type of charge applies to a particular offense based on the specific facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal history. Examples of wobbler offenses include vandalism, forgery, sexual battery, domestic violence, and assault with a deadly weapon. Even if the prosecuting attorney has enough evidence to convict you, your lawyer can work to get your charges reduced to a misdemeanor so that you do not face as harsh of penalties.

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What are the Penalties for a Felony Crime in California?

If convicted for a felony in California, you may be granted probation. However, if the judge denies your request for probation, he or she will choose the duration of your imprisonment based on three possible sentencing terms. To determine which sentence to impose on you, a judge will consider any aggravating and mitigating factors. If the aggravating factors exceed the mitigating factors, you will face sentencing according to the upper term. Conversely, if the mitigating factors carry more weight than the aggravating factors, you will be sentenced to the lower term. The length of each term varies depending on the crime.

The three sentencing terms for felonies include:

  • Upper term
  • Middle term
  • Lower term

The lower term carries the least severe sentence, while the upper term is the most severe punishment. If there are no aggravating or mitigating factors, or they are equally balanced, the judge will order the middle term sentence.

Types of Felonies Law Offices of Jason L. Johnson & Associates Can Help With

If you are facing felony charges, the Law Offices of Jason L. Johnson & Associates is here to guide you successfully through the criminal process. Since felony convictions can result in life-altering consequences, such as long-term imprisonment and harsh fines, it is crucial that you consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you reach out to our firm, the sooner we can begin investigating all the aspects of your case and formulating a powerful defense on your behalf.

Our Santa Ana felony crime lawyer represents clients facing a variety of serious charges, including:

Being accused of a felony can be a frightening experience. The Law Offices of Jason L. Johnson & Associates is here to provide the aggressive representation you require so that you can fight your charges with confidence.

Call our Santa Ana felony crime attorney at (714) 852-3858 to schedule a free consultation.

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