Misdemeanor Vs Felony Charges
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Misdemeanor vs. Felony Charges in California
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At the Law Office of John W. Noonan, we believe one of the most important ways we can serve our clients is by helping them understand every element of their case. Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges in Dublin, CA, Attorney John Noonan can provide the insight you need to make an informed decision about your future.
Distinguishing Felonies From Misdemeanors
When a person is arrested for a crime in California, they will face either misdemeanor or felony charges depending on a variety of factors. Felonies are the most serious type of criminal offenses, and as such, receive the harshest penalties. If you are convicted for a felony, the fines will be higher and the prison sentences longer than a misdemeanor.
Certain criminal charges are considered “wobblers.” That means they can be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors. In these cases, our legal team aims at getting the charges reduced to a misdemeanor so that the penalties are not as severe. Of course, the ultimate goal in any case is obtaining a case dismissal.
Common examples of each category of crime include:
- Felonies: murder, rape, arson, burglary, and the sale of a controlled substance
- Wobblers: criminal threats, forgery, statutory rape, assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a weapon, and elder abuse
- Misdemeanors: petty theft, disorderly conduct, probation violations, DUI, public drunkenness, and prostitution
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If you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges in Dublin, CA, the Law Office of John W. Noonan can provide the aggressive representation you need and deserve. Do not let your side of the story go untold during the criminal process. Let our firm be your voice.