Felony crimes are serious, no matter what state you are arrested in. However, in California, there is reason to be particularly concerned with felony charges, simply because the harsh laws lead to severe punishments if you are convicted.
Here are three things you need to know about California felonies, and what to do if you or a loved one were charged with a crime.
1. Three Strikes & You’re Out
The “three strikes law” exists in the state of California. This law made specific serious or violent crimes count as a “strike,” and if you get three strikes on your criminal record, you could be subjected to life imprisonment. The major problem with the three strikes law is that the third conviction can really be almost any crime. The third crime does not have to be serious or violent, like the first two crimes must be, to count as a strike against you. This means that if you have two felonies on your record, you could be sentenced to life in prison even if the third crime conviction is petty theft or simple drug possession.
2. Wobbler Crimes
Wobbler crimes are certain crimes that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the seriousness of the crime and whether or not the defendant has a criminal history. Examples of wobbler crimes include, but are not limited to: assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, spousal battery, and some sex crimes. While these laws can sometimes be beneficial, allowing a criminal defense attorney to negotiate misdemeanor charges instead of felony charges, they are often not when the prosecution fights hard for a clear misdemeanor to be charged as a felony.
3. DUI as a Felony
In some cases, even a DUI can be charged as a felony, depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. You could be charged with a felony if your DUI caused the death of another individual, you already have one more prior felony DUI convictions, or you have three or more DUI convictions in a period of 10 years or less.
When to Contact a Felony Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one have been accused of a felony, it is important to secure the representation of a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Jennifer Mouzis is an aggressive Sacramento attorney who understands the laws surrounding felonies and what steps to take to reduce the chances you will be convicted or sentenced harshly.
Attorney Mouzis will provide you with zealous representation and will fight for your rights throughout each stage of your case. Don’t wait when your future is on the line — contact the Law Office of Jennifer Mouzis today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case in detail by calling (916) 822-8702.