Felony vs. Misdemeanor
Last Modified: May 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm
Felony vs. Misdemeanor
If you have questions regarding your criminal case, contact San Diego criminal defense lawyer George H. Ramos, Jr. & Associates today for a free initial consultation. We are available 24/7 and accept collect calls. We serve the entire San Diego County and make appearances in the courts of El Cajon, Vista, Chula Vista, and San Diego. We also represent clients throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside.
The California Penal Code categorizes criminal offenses as the following:
Your typical traffic violation. These cases involve no probation, just fines up to $250. More importantly, there is no possibility of any jail sentence.
These are more serious crimes punishable by up to one year in local, county jail. Additionally, fines up to $1,000 can be ordered by the court. The most common types of misdemeanor offenses are D.U.I., petty theft, simple drug possession, disturbing the peace, drunk in public, and most domestic violence. While jail is a distinct possibility, other more likely outcomes can include counseling and/or public work service. Additionally, unlike felony cases, you have the right to “waive” your presence at most misdemeanor court appearances and have your lawyer appear on your behalf. We do this every day for our misdemeanor clients, except those domestic violence clients who must appear. Not only does it save you time, but it saves you money and the potential for embarrassment. And contrary to what you think, your “waiver” does not harm you in the judge’s eyes. In fact, given that most clients at this level “waive” their appearance, an actual client appearance is a most unusual sight in the courtroom. Regardless, it is your decision and we advise you accordingly.
These represent the most serious types of crimes, and for that reason, you must personally appear for each court date. Common types of felonies include robbery, grand theft, drug possession and/or sales, sexual assault, and some domestic violence. Punishment can range from probation to straight prison time with a minimum sentence of 16 months. Typical probation terms can include the following: fines, restitution, counseling, work service, and up to one year of county jail.
If you are facing felony criminal charges in San Diego County, contact a San Diego criminal defense attorney without delay.