Seasoned Felony and Misdemeanor Lawyer Representing Southern California
California laws governing misdemeanors and felonies can appear layered and esoteric, and in many ways they are. Attorney Montie M. Reynolds has dedicated his career to assisting folks through San Gabriel, Orange County, Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County and Riverside County accused of committing misdemeanors and/or felonies. He has the experience and dedication necessary for you to achieve the outcome you deserve.
Examples of Misdemeanors
There are countless misdemeanors in the state of California, but some of the most common include first, second and third degree DUI; petty theft; shoplifting; disorderly conduct; public drunkenness; illegal gambling; solicitation of prostitution; reckless driving; violation of probation; violation of restraining order; and driving without a license. Keep in mind that this list is hardly exhaustive. If you or someone you love has questions regarding what constitutes a misdemeanor in the state of California, consult an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
A misdemeanor conviction will typically result in probation of some kind, though this is not always the case. Other penalties for misdemeanors include counseling, fines, community service, anger management courses, house arrest, weekend jail sentences and stay-away orders.
Misdemeanors That Become Felonies
In the state of California, there are certain instances in which a misdemeanor may be changed to a felony offense. Cases involving domestic violence, violation of a domestic violence order, indecent exposure, theft, shoplifting, DUI (after three prior charges in the space of a decade) and having a loaded firearm in a public place are all instances in which a misdemeanor may be elevated to a felony.
In the state of California, a felony conviction may be punishable by death or imprisonment for sixteen months or more in a state penitentiary. Naturally, felonies are considered to be far more serious than misdemeanor offenses, and are often prosecuted as such. Rape, murder, burglary, robbery and arson are just a few of the felonies that Californians experience all too often.
California’s “Three Strikes” law states that repeat offenders face increasingly severe punishments with each subsequent felony conviction. With a second offense, for example, a convicted felon faces a prison sentence twice the length of that accompanying her or his first offense, and a third conviction automatically triggers a sentence of 25 years to life in prison (without possibility of parole).
The State of California Isn’t Messing Around — Neither Should You
If you are currently facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, you need experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. Don’t mortgage your rights, freedom and future — contact the Law Office of Montie M. Reynolds today.