A felony is a crime that can result in a sentence of more than one year in custody. That means that State Prison is a possible sentence in any felony. There are many different crimes and kinds of conduct that can be charged as a felony. These crimes include things such as reckless evading of a police officer, resisting an executive officer, hit and run with injury, negligent burning, arson, felony vandalism, criminal threats, auto theft, vehicular manslaughter, grand theft, burglary, dissuading a witness, identity theft, serious felonies, violent felonies, and more.
Many of these charges are called “wobblers.” Wobblers can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. If you are arrested for a wobbler, it can be important to try to talk to the District Attorney before a filing decision is made. In that way, it may be possible to provide the DA with information that would encourage the case to be filed as a misdemeanor instead of a felony.
Sentences in felony cases can range from probation and a fine to state prison time. Certain rights like the ability to vote and own a firearm can be revoked if someone is convicted of a felony. Often when these cases are filed, the court will issue an arrest warrant, and the ability to make bail can be very important. As a result, when you have been charged with, or suspect that you are being investigated for, a felony it is extremely important that you talk to an attorney immediately. An experienced attorney could mean the difference between felony or misdemeanor charges and state prison or probation.
Derek Ewin has worked on all of these types of charges over his career. He has had experience dealing with these types of cases as a felony filer, preliminary hearing deputy, trial team deputy and defense attorney. As a result of his experience, Derek Ewin knows how to best protect your rights and interests in these types of cases, including how to work towards getting them reduced to misdemeanors.
(Penal Code sections 69, 192, 459, 460, 484, 503, 451, 594, 12021, 12316, 1192.5, 1192.7, etc.)
(Vehicle Code sections 2800.2, 20001, 10851, etc.)
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