Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorney Servicing the Greater Los Angeles Area
In the state of California, the California Penal Code enumerates all criminal offenses, their definitions, and their penalties. The California Penal Code also enumerates which offenses are misdemeanors and which are felonies. Both misdemeanors and felonies can carry significant penalties, including harsh prison sentences, lengthy periods of probation or parole, restitution, and hefty fines. In addition, a criminal conviction, regardless of whether it is for a felony or misdemeanor, will leave a permanent mark on your record. It can also prevent you from obtaining a job, obtaining public benefits, applying for financial aid, and renting an apartment.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony in California, you need to call a California criminal defense attorney immediately. A skilled criminal defense attorney like Kourosh Pourmorady can help you understand the nature of your charges and their maximum penalties, counsel you on your legal options, and craft a successful defense strategy for trial. Kourosh Pourmorady has served hundreds of satisfied clients in the greater Los Angeles area over the past 17 years, and he and his team of associates have dedicated their careers to fighting for the rights of their lower income and minority clients. The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady provides representation in English, Farsi, and Spanish. For a free criminal case review, call The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady at (866) 666-6529.
A misdemeanor is a less severe criminal offense that is usually associated with a maximum penalty of 1 year or less in prison and a fine of $1,000 or less. Misdemeanors can be: violent offenses, white collar crimes, property crimes, victimless crimes, employment crimes, crimes against others, and traffic offenses.
Potential misdemeanor penalties include:
- Jail time
- Community service
- Drug or alcohol treatment
- Mental health treatment
- Anger management or drug/alcohol classes
- Stay away orders from any victims
Misdemeanors are defined in the California Penal Code. The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady defends against all California misdemeanors, including:
- Theft and receiving stolen property
- Prostitution and sexual solicitation
- Public drunkenness
- Open container of alcohol
- Driving under the influence
- Simple assault
- Disorderly conduct
- Possession of smaller amounts of narcotics
- Destruction of property and vandalism
- Reckless driving
- Unlawful entry and trespassing
- Indecent exposure
- Assault on a police officer
The maximum penalty for each misdemeanor depends on the specific offense.
Felonies are more heinous or serious crimes that carry maximum jail sentences of longer than 1 year. Some offenses are always felonies while other offenses become felonies if the defendant is a second-time offender.
In addition, some offenses are known as wobblers. Wobblers straddle the line between misdemeanor and felony. The prosecutor has discretion on how to charge a crime. For instance, the prosecutor could charge a defendant with one count of burglary, which is a felony, or one count of unlawful entry and one count of petty theft, both misdemeanors. In addition, some crimes can be both misdemeanors and felonies. Grand theft can be charged as either. Grand theft is a wobbler based on how it is charged and how it is treated by the judge.
Felony sentences come with three grades: low, mid, and high. Each felony is punishable by a low, mid or high sentence. For instance, an individual convicted of assault with a firearm faces four, eight, or twelve years in jail. The judge must then choose one of the three possible jail terms.
The Three Strikes Law in California is designed to harshly punish repeat offenders. The law is meant to deter felons from committing future crimes. If you have already been convicted of two felonies and then commit a third crime, you can face increased maximum penalties, such as 25-to-life. It does not matter if your third offense is a misdemeanor.
The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady defends against:
- Sexual assault
- Grand theft and grand theft auto
- Aggravated assault and battery
- Drug Distribution
- And more
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Ready to Argue Your Case in Court
If you have been arrested for either a misdemeanor or felony, you need to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney immediately. Kourosh Pourmorady has a reputation for providing zealous and aggressive advocacy in the Los Angeles area and is prepared to fight for your rights in court. For a free initial consultation on your criminal charges, call The Law Offices of Kourosh Pourmorady at (866) 666-6529.