Felonies are the most serious criminal offenses in California. If convicted, you face a prison sentence of a year to life. Even if the sentence calls for no prison time, a felony charge can hinder you from finding employment or other opportunities.
If you or a loved one is facing the ramifications of a felony charge in the San Diego area, contact a criminal lawyer at Dod Law, APC, in Vista and Downtown San Diego. Attorney Dod Ghassemkhani leads our firm and has more than 17 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney. Mr. Ghassemkhani has worked on more than 6,500 criminal cases. He is thorough, effective, detail-oriented and client-focused, prepared to provide you with thorough guidance and advice.
Handling All Types of Felony Charges in California
A felony is more serious than a misdemeanor, and can lead to serious prison time along with hefty fines. Examples of felony charges include:
- Murder, assault and crimes that lead to serious physical harm or threat of harm
- Kidnapping in holding someone captive against their will
- Fraud schemes such as insurance, credit card and elder fraud
- White collar crimes that may include embezzlement, forgery and money laundering
- Grand theft, which may include auto theft and charges related to white collar crimes
- Serious drug crimes such as possession and distribution of heroin and cocaine
- Multiple DUI charges
Felonies have far-reaching consequences, prosecuted harsher than misdemeanors. Criminal defense lawyer Mr. Ghassemkhani will use his insight, skills and experience to create a solid case for you.
Felony punishment doesn’t stop after the completion of a jail sentence, parole, or even probation. After a release from jail, many convicted felons are ecstatic to return to their previous lives only to be forced into learning how to navigate life post-conviction. Felons may lose many rights once they are sentenced, and some of the biggest challenges they’ll face won’t show up until after prison.
Rights That Get Taken Away When You Become a Felon
Not all of the rights that felons lose will have a big impact on their day-to-day lives, but some will hinder their ability to successfully reintegrate into society. A way of preventing these outcomes is by avoiding conviction with the help of a felony lawyer from Dod Law.
Voting Rights – Many states prohibit convicted felons from participating in elections. International Travel – Although convicted felons are able to possess a U.S. passport, their ability to travel across country lines is severely encumbered.
Firearm Possession – The second amendment grants all United States citizens the right to bear arms, but a felony conviction could remove or restrict that right.
Employment and Housing – If a felony conviction appears on your background check, there is a good chance you will be denied the job, apartment, or home.
Assistance Programs – In California, many state and federal programs like food stamps, subsidized housing, and unemployment commonly deny felons access to them, leaving felons struggling to make ends meet.
Custody – The courts may see you as a poor influence or a threat, especially if you were convicted of a violent offense.
Aggressive Lawyer for Felony Charges in San Diego, CA
Even after release, convicted felons can be prevented from activities such as voting, owning guns, joining the military, and holding some professional licenses. The effects of felony charges are vast, which is why it is crucial to have the right San Diego criminal defense lawyer at your side. Dod Law, APC, in Vista and Downtown San Diego, California, advocates for clients. Mr. Ghassemkhani provides free initial consultations. Contact him now in San Diego at 619-814-5110 or in Vista at 760-814-6025.