Though not as serious as a felony, misdemeanor charges can affect your future and freedom. If you or a loved one is charged with a misdemeanor in California, penalties can include up to $1,000 in fines or a sentence in county jail. A misdemeanor charge can also prevent you from gaining desired employment, and disrupt your life in many ways.
Dod Law, APC, in San Diego, California, will effectively represent you. Led by experienced misdemeanor defense attorney Dod Ghassemkhani, he and his team will do its best to ensure a not guilty verdict happens in your case. Proficient, effective and client-focused, our attorneys will work tirelessly to ensure you get the most favorable outcome for your misdemeanor case.
What is Considered a Misdemeanor in California?
A number of lower crimes in California are misdemeanors. This list includes:
- Petty theft
- Disorderly conduct
- Reckless driving
- Public drunkenness
However, more serious misdemeanor charges are gross misdemeanors or aggravated misdemeanors. These include multiple DUI charges, driving with a suspended license, and domestic violence involving harmful contact. Gross misdemeanors can ramp up penalties past a $1,000 fine and even result in up to a year in county jail.
Other misdemeanor variants are “wobblers.” In California, a “wobbler” offense is one that could be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In determining whether to pursue a charge as a misdemeanor or a felony, prosecutors consider whether you had a prior criminal record; the facts of the case and the sophistication of the crime; and possible inclusion of other charges.
Trial-Tested Experience for Misdemeanor Charges in San Diego, California
California law is strict with misdemeanor cases. You need a skilled San Diego criminal defense lawyer to fight for your rights. Dod Law, APC, in Vista and Downtown San Diego has more than a decade of experience in criminal law. Mr. Ghassemkhani has been the lead attorney in more than 75 jury trials as well as more than 400 preliminary hearings in the San Diego area. He knows how to handle misdemeanor charges, no matter your situation. For a free consultation, contact our law firm in San Diego at 619-814-5110 or in Vista at 760-814-6025.