You or a Loved One Facing Criminal Charges in California?
Our Chico Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help Protect Your Rights
A criminal conviction in California has the potential to disrupt your entire life. Depending on the offense, a guilty verdict or pleas may affect your ability to find work and housing. Plus, you may pay heavy fines and/or serve jail or even prison time. With so much at risk, you should always contact a qualified team of criminal defense lawyers if you or a loved one are even suspected of committing a crime. The earlier you can involve an attorney to protect your rights the better off you are. An attorney can investigate, formulate a tailored defense, and offer you legal advice so that you can be sure that your rights are protected. Even if you are facing seemingly minor misdemeanor charges, you can still benefit from the guidance of a legal professional. If the police want to talk to you, you SHOULD have an attorney.
Peters Law Firm partner, Anthony R. Cardoza, who leads our firm’s criminal defense practice, has over 25 years of criminal defense experience. Mr. Cardoza worked for five years as a law clerk/paralegal in criminal defense and over 20 years as a criminal defense attorney. Mr. Cardoza has represented clients in counties all over California. Mr. Cardoza has tried jury cases from simple misdemeanors, such as DUIs, to First Degree Murder charges, and everything in between. Our firm handles a wide range of criminal matters, including all felonies and misdemeanors. Our trial attorneys are aggressive litigators who fight to protect your rights, and may be able to get your charges reduced or dropped altogether.
What Are Common Types of Criminal Charges in California?
Our California criminal defense lawyers have experience with a wide range of criminal matters, including but not limited to:
- Assault and Battery. This includes aggravated assault, as well as assault with or without a deadly weapon.
- Gang Crimes Enhancement Cases. According to California law, gang-related crimes often carry an automatic jail sentence, regardless of the charge. Our attorneys have experience combating these enhancements.
- Gun Charges. These charges may range from carrying a concealed weapon to illegal sale of a firearm and more. Like gang crimes, these may also be subject to enhancements.
- Manslaughter/Murder. This includes vehicular homicide and manslaughter.
- Sex Offenses. These include sexual assault and/or battery, and rape, among others. Usually, a conviction also requires inclusion in a sex offense registry.
- Theft and Shoplifting. Depending on the value of item(s) stolen, these may be minor charges or serious felonies.
- White Collar Crimes. These include fraud, embezzlement, Ponzi schemes, identity theft and similar crimes.
- DUIs. Our attorneys have experience with first time and multiple DUI offenses, as well as cases involving driver’s license suspensions and commercial trucking offenses.
- Drug Charges. These crimes involve controlled and illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and many more. Common charges include: possession, manufacturing, trafficking, prescription drug violations, and medical marijuana violations.
- Juvenile Crimes. Criminal cases involving minors are different than those involving adults. Our attorneys have experience with juvenile criminal defense, as well as juvenile record sealing and expungement.
What Are the Types of Criminal Charges in California?
The penalties you may face for a criminal conviction largely depend on the severity of the charges against you. In California, there are three general types of criminal charge, which are:
- Infractions. Also known as a petty offense, an infraction is a minor violation. In California, infractions are punishable with a fine only; you will not face jail time or probation. As a result, you have fewer protections under the California Criminal Code. For example, you do not have the guaranteed right to a jury trial. Common infractions include traffic violations and city code violations.
- Misdemeanors. Less serious than felonies, misdemeanors generally carry a sentence of up to 364 days in jail and a fine up to $1,000. However, certain offenses, such as battery against law enforcement, have more severe fines. Misdemeanor crimes in California include first-time DUIs, shoplifting, and other less serious offenses.
- Felonies. The most serious type of criminal offense, a felony is punishable by a prison sentence from sixteen months to life and/or heavy fines. In the most serious cases, a felony may result in the death penalty. Felonies range from the sale of controlled substances and serious theft to rape and murder. Certain white collar crimes are also felonies.
- “Wobblers” are those crimes that may be charges as either misdemeanors or felonies. Certain domestic violence crimes as well as certain assault and burglary crimes are wobblers in California.
Depending on the circumstances, a criminal defense attorney may be able to help you avoid more serious penalties by having your charges reduced. The sooner you get an attorney involved the better. An attorney may also be able to negotiate smaller fines and shorter jail sentences. However, each case is different and there are no guarantees this will be possible.
Facing criminal charges? Call Our Chico Criminal Defense Lawyers Now
If you are suspected of a crime, or facing criminal charges, or if a loved one was arrested, then you need a team of criminal defense lawyers with proven experience. Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP is ready to aggressively defend you. You will be given a free consultation on all criminal cases.
Contact us online or call (530) 342-3593 to get legal help now.