San Diego County Felony Lawyer
A felony is a crime punishable by more than one year in jail or prison. Beyond the potential prison term, being convicted of a felony in San Diego County can have severe consequences in virtually every aspect of your life. Among other impacts, a felony conviction can prevent you from getting or holding a job, living where you want, parenting your children, traveling out of state or abroad, possessing a firearm, or maintaining your immigration status.
Because of those consequences, you need a skilled, experienced criminal defense attorney if you have been accused of, arrested for, or charged with a felony in San Diego County. Dod Law can help. We represent individuals throughout San Diego County who face felony charges.
Felony Cases We Handle in San Diego County
Our team has the experience, resources, and know-how to defend you against virtually any serious felony charge that the District Attorney or federal United States Attorney might pursue in San Diego County. Here is an overview of the types of cases we can handle at Dod Law.
Murder and Manslaughter
Crimes involving an intentional or accidental death constitute some of the most serious and high-profile cases San Diego County prosecutors can pursue, carrying some of the most severe punishments available, including decades-to-life in prison or the death penalty. It’s critical you have a lawyer who is up to the task of defending you against those charges.
Dod Ghassemkhani is that kind of attorney. He is uniquely qualified by the California State Bar to handle capital (death penalty) cases. He has also achieved dismissals, charge reductions, and favorable sentences for numerous clients charged with murder and manslaughter. Dod is one of only a select few attorneys in San Diego County to have that degree of experience, making him the smart choice for anyone facing down murder or manslaughter charges.
Assault and Battery
Assault is when you put someone in reasonable fear of suffering imminent harm. Battery is when you actually cause someone physical harm. Both can be charged as felonies under California law, and a conviction may condemn you to years spent in state prison or under probation.
At Dod Law, we have an enviable track record of successfully defending our clients against assault and battery charges. In felony assault and battery cases, we have achieved dismissals, not guilty verdicts, hung juries, reductions of charges from a felony to a misdemeanor, and probation without jail time, among other favorable outcomes.
California law treats a wide range of conduct as domestic violence. You can be charged with a felony domestic violence crime in California not just for physical assaults or batteries on a current or former spouse, domestic partner, dating partner, or family or household member, but also for conduct that inflicts little or no physical injury at all.
Dod Law works hard to protect you against domestic violence felony charges. We understand how heightened emotions in a relationship can get misinterpreted, and know how to defend you when your accuser is also someone you love or know intimately.
Although California law treats most drug possession as a misdemeanor and has legalized recreational and medicinal marijuana, prosecutors in San Diego County still pursue felony drug charges on a regular basis. Most involve the sale, distribution, transportation, manufacturing, and/or packaging of illegal and prescription drugs.
The Dod Law team has had years of experience and success advocating for clients accused of felonies involving drugs like cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, oxycodone, fentanyl, and MDMA (ecstasy/molly). We can also represent previously-convicted individuals who seek to have their sentences reduced due to changes in California or federal drug sentencing laws.
Rape, Sexual Assault, and Other Sex Crimes
Even just being accused of rape, sexual assault, child molestation, possession of child pornography, and other sex-related crimes can devastate your life. But a felony sex crime conviction can make things exponentially worse. In addition to incarceration, probation, and fines, you might have to endure registration as a sex offender, destruction of your career, divorce, loss of access to your children, social shaming, and civil liability to your alleged victim.
The Dod Law team understands the ways allegations of sex crimes can arise out of situations fraught with miscommunication, misunderstanding, and mental health challenges. Through close investigation and aggressive advocacy, we have successfully defended numerous clients against rape and sexual abuse charges.
Taking or attempting to take property that does not belong to you can amount to a felony in San Diego County. The attorneys at Dod Law can defend clients against felony theft-related charges including:
- Receipt of stolen property
- Financial fraud and theft by deception
- Identity theft
- Hacking and theft of digital assets or information
- Embezzlement and other white collar thefts
Our track record in San Diego County felony theft cases includes dismissals, hung juries, charge reductions, and probationary sentences.
Most drivers in San Diego County never imagine that getting a DUI could amount to a felony. But California law takes driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol seriously. While most DUI convictions are for misdemeanors, you can be charged with felony DUI in San Diego County for:
- A fourth DUI within 10 years
- A second or successive felony DUI
- Causing an accident while driving under the influence in which someone else gets hurt or dies
The Dod Law team has extensive experience representing clients charged with DUI in San Diego County, including those facing felony charges. Our successes in DUI cases include getting felony DUI charges reduced to a misdemeanor and in a probation-only sentence for a client convicted of felony DUI involving two injured victims.
Contact Dod Law Felony Criminal Defense Lawyers Today
If you have been accused of, arrested for, or charged with a felony in San Diego County, you need a criminal defense lawyer on your side immediately. Here at Dod Law, we have over 18 years of experience assisting those facing felony charges. Felony charges can be impactful on many areas of your life, so creating an expert criminal defense strategy is critical. We work hard to protect the rights of those accused of felonies.