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Misdemeanor Charges & Penalties in California

In California, a misdemeanor is a crime that is punishable by up to 12 months in county jail. Additional penalties may also be imposed by the court, such as fines or mandatory drug treatment. Some crimes that are commonly charged as misdemeanors include: DUI, simple assault and battery, petty theft, and domestic violence. Misdemeanors are lesser offenses than felonies, which may be punishable by a minimum of 1 year in state prison.

In California, many crimes may actually be classified as either felonies or misdemeanors; these are referred to as “wobblers.” In many cases of this kind, the prosecuting attorney will have the authority to decide whether to charge the offense as a misdemeanor or a felony. Domestic violence is one such example of an offense that may be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the extent of injury, if any, that the victim suffered, the defendant’s prior history of domestic violence, and whether a weapon was used.

How a Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer Can Help

Have you been accused of a misdemeanor offense? At the Law Offices of Fred Thiagarajah, we represent defendants in all types of criminal cases throughout all of Orange County. Our offices are in Newport Beach, and we represent clients in all surrounding cities in the county, including: Irvine, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Westminster, and Tustin. Your initial consultation with an attorney at our firm is free, and we will take this opportunity to talk to you about your concerns, questions, and what we can do to assist you at this time.

When you work with Orange County misdemeanor defense lawyer Fred Thiagarajah, you will receive the individualized attention and service that you deserve as we tirelessly fight to protect your rights. Mr. Thiagarajah is a former Deputy District Attorney, meaning he has experience in prosecution. He can apply this unique knowledge to defending your rights in the face of your misdemeanor charges, both inside and outside of the courtroom.

For a free case evaluation regarding your misdemeanor charges, contact Orange County criminal attorney Fred Thiagarajah today.

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