In the State of California, many crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In fact, it depends on the circumstances surrounding the offense. Some offenses are what is known as “wobbler” crimes. Wobbler crimes can be successfully defended by filing for a reduction to a misdemeanor and then securing evidence to prove innocence or to have incriminating evidence dismissed. So, here’s a quick list of some of the most common California wobbler crimes and how to get the help you need with an aggressive defense.

Theft Crimes

  • Second degree burglary
  • Grand theft, grand theft auto, grand theft farm animal, grand theft person, grand theft during an emergency
  • Theft of one or more dogs for commercial use
  • Receiving stolen property, attempted receiving stolen property
  • Receiving stolen vehicle
  • Theft of trade secrets
  • Embezzlement
  • Attempted extortion

Fraud Crimes

  • Forgery
  • Forgery of identification cards or driver’s license
  • Fraudulent possession of a completed check or money order
  • Forgery of public or corporate seals
  • Altering records

Child Crimes

  • Abandonment
  • Child neglect by parent or guardian
  • Nonsupport or willful abandonment of child under 14 years of age
  • Willful cruelty to child
  • Inflict traumatic injury to child (child abuse)

Sex Crimes

  • Unlawful sexual intercourse
  • Unlawful sexual intercourse with minor under the age of 16 by someone over age 21 or with minor more than 3 years younger than defendant
  • Seduction of minor for prostitution
  • Spousal rape
  • Abduction of minor for prostitution
  • Failure to register as a sex offender under certain circumstances

Weapons Crimes

  • Purchasing a firearm in violation of a protective order
  • Bringing a firearm or other deadly weapon into a courthouse or a state or local public building
  • Selling or otherwise supplying a firearm to be used to commit a felony by a criminal street gang
  • Assault with a stun gun or taser
  • Possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school
  • Possession of other weapon on school grounds
  • Discharging a firearm from a vehicle
  • Sale or possession of automatic guns

Crimes Involving Law Enforcement

  • Resisting an executive officer
  • Resisting officer causing serious bodily injury or death
  • Police brutality/assault and battery by a police officer
  • Failure to appear on a felony
  • Escape from a mental health facility

Contact Sacramento Criminal Defense Lawyer Jennifer Mouzis Today

The above are just some of the more common wobbler crimes. In fact, there are a great number of them. So, if you are charged with a wobbler offense, it’s crucial that you work with an attorney well versed in these unique laws. Contact us today.