A misdemeanor is a crime that can result in a sentence of no more than one year in custody. There are many different crimes and kinds of conduct that can be charged as a misdemeanor. These crimes include things such as Drunk Driving, Petty Theft, Driving on a Suspended License, Spousal Battery / Domestic Violence, Possession of a Loaded or Concealed Firearm, Vandalism, Violation of a Restraining Order, Hit and Run, Reckless Driving and more. Some 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.
Some misdemeanor crimes can have alternative prosecution or sentencing schemes that allow a person to maintain a clean record. For example, “diversion” is a program that is sometimes offered on minor crimes. When placed on diversion, the person must complete some requirements like paying a fine, doing community service, and staying out of trouble. If the person successfully completes the program, the case will be completely dismissed and treated as if it never happened. “Community Court” is another alternative that can be available in certain situations. Under this program, the case is not filed, but the accused person goes to the police department and has a hearing. Depending on the outcome of the hearing, the person may pay a fine and the case is never charged in court at all.
Derek Ewin has worked on all of these types of charges and with all of these alternative programs over his career. He knows what defenses and sentences are available for each charge and he knows what to do to help his clients get the best possible outcome.
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We help those faced with charges of:
- Drunk Driving
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Petty Theft
- Grand Theft
- Commercial Burglary
- Hit and Run
- Evading a Peace Officer
- Resisting Arrest
- Domestic Violence
- Possession of a Loaded/Concealed Firearm
- Reckless Driving
- Violation of a Restraining Order
- Possession of Certain Controlled Substances
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of a Prescription Medication without a Prescription
- Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance
- Drunk in Public
- Vehicular Manslaughter
(Penal Code sections 484, 503, 594, 12025, 12031, 166.4, 647, 192, 148, 69, etc.)
(Vehicle Code sections 2800.1, 20001, 20002, 10851, 23152, 23153, 14601, etc.)
(Health and Safety Code section 11550, 11368, 11357, 11377, etc)
(Business and Professions Code sections 4140, 4149, etc)
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