Torrance Felony Crimes Defense Attorney
Do not put off retaining an experienced and skilled defense lawyer if you are under investigation for or have been charged with a felony crime. California courts severely penalize felonies, and if convicted, you could spend years behind bars and have to pay thousands of dollars in fines. Additionally, a felony conviction on your criminal record could make it difficult to find employment, apply for housing, and secure loans.
Take the first step toward protecting your future by consulting with Torrance felony crimes defense lawyer Michael D. Shook, Attorney At Law. For decades, Attorney Shook has fought aggressively for the rights and freedoms of individuals in Los Angeles County charged with felony offenses. With his depth of insight and understanding, you can feel confident putting your case in his hands.
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Felony Crimes in California: What to Know
Below we have shared must-know information about felony crimes in California:
Felony Penalties Are More Severe than Misdemeanor Penalties
Felony convictions come with serious consequences. Courts can order those convicted of the most severe felony crimes to spend up to life in jail. Regardless of the severity, these offenses often result in jail sentences of more than a year. Convictions can also come with up to $10,000 in fines and a year of probation.
Felony Sentence Enhancements
Aggravating elements could enhance (or increase) a sentence for a felony offense. While California has 100+ enhancements, four of them account for an overwhelming majority of the years added to sentences, according to California Policy Lab.
The enhancements include:
- Firearm: State law permits enhancements when a person used or was in possession of a firearm during a felony offense.
- Three Strikes Law: This law imposes a 25-year-to-life sentence for those with two prior convictions for serious felonies.
- Street Gang Act: This California legislation increases the sentences for those who commit felonies on behalf of a gang.
- One and Five-Year Prior: If a person has a criminal record that includes certain serious felonies, they may face enhanced penalties for any subsequent convictions under this provision.
Straight Felonies vs. Wobblers
Straight felonies are crimes that always carry a felony charge, such as murder or kidnapping. Wobblers, on the other hand, are crimes that can be either a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances. Examples of wobblers include certain drug, sex, and domestic violence crimes.
People convicted of felony offenses can petition to have a conviction dismissed if they are not serving parole or probation and do not have any cases currently pending. Additionally, certain drug, theft, and other felony crimes that appear on a person’s criminal record can be reduced to misdemeanors.
Facing Felony Charges in Los Angeles County? Contact Us.
The sooner you retain an attorney for your felony case, the better. Michael D. Shook, a widely trusted felony crimes defense lawyer in Torrance, is at the ready to build your defense and work tirelessly to reduce your charges or have them dropped. Reach out today to have Attorney Shook look over the details of your case and discuss how he can help. Working with him is affordable, and clients who may need it can set up payment plans.