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About Los Angeles Misdemeanor Crimes

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Under the California justice system, a felony is a crime that is punishable by death, by imprisonment in a California state prison, or imprisonment in a county jail under certain provisions. All other crimes or public offenses are classified as a misdemeanor with the exception of infractions. Under Section 19 of the California Penal Code, every offense declared to be a misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for no more than six months, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both—unless the law pertaining to the specific offense prescribes otherwise.

Under Section 19.2 of the California Penal Code, in no case shall someone be sentenced to incarceration on the conviction of a misdemeanor offense for a period longer than one year. However, the time allowed on parole shall not be considered as a part of the person's period of confinement.

Tyler & Wilson, LLP's highly skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys fully understand California's criminal justice system and the best methods for challenging misdemeanor charges. With the help of the firm's legal team, you might be able to avoid being convicted of a misdemeanor crime, or you might at least be able to get your sentencing reduced.

Misdemeanors: Elevating to a Felony

The state of California has varying degrees of misdemeanors. The California courts use different guidelines from the California Penal Code to determine the sentences imposed for misdemeanor crimes. In California, when someone is arrested for a misdemeanor crime, that person runs the risk of having his or her offense elevated to a felony since many California crimes are "wobblers.” Wobblers are offenses that can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of the case and the defendant's criminal history. For example, child abuse can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Other circumstances where a misdemeanor may be elevated to a felony include domestic violence, shoplifting, drunk driving with having three or more prior convictions within 10 years, and violating a domestic violence restraining order, among others.

In Los Angeles a substantial amount of misdemeanor cases are filed at East L.A. courthouse located at 4848 East Civic Center Way Los Angeles, CA 90022. Are you in need of an East L.A. misdemeanor attorney? If so, you can turn to Tyler & Wilson, LLP for assistance. The firm handles criminal cases throughout the Los Angeles area.

Misdemeanors typically result in sentences that can range from no jail time to a maximum sentence of one year and $1,000 in fines. Despite the fact that these types of crimes lead to less severe sentencing, the problem with a misdemeanor charge is that it will show up on a background check. Furthermore, they can be elevated to the felony level. Penalties can also include probation in lieu of jail time, community service and victim restitution. Although misdemeanors are technically less serious than felonies, the consequences of a permanent criminal record and even limited jail time can be devastating to your future and your career. For a skilled legal defense, contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney from Tyler & Wilson, LLP right away.

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