Getting arrested on suspicion of committing a crime is one of the most traumatic, unsettling, and frightening experiences a person can go through in his or her life. Whether you are arrested for DUI, possession of drugs, a sex crime, or a theft, each criminal charge can have serious and far-reaching consequences on your personal and professional life. Criminal defense lawyer Daniel Kann has dedicated his entire legal career to defending those accused of committing crimes. Anyone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Mr. Kann, a respected former public defender, is committed to protecting the civil and constitutional rights of his clients and making sure that they get a fair trial.
Misdemeanor vs. Felony
Almost all criminal cases can be broadly categorized into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies.
Misdemeanors are more serious than petty offenses or infractions, but much less serious than felonies. Misdemeanors typically result in fines and a jail sentence not exceeding a year. Time for these offenses is usually served in county jail. Misdemeanors should, however, not be taken lightly because of the serious consequences they could have on a defendant's career and future. Examples of misdemeanors include:
- Petty theft;
- Drug possession;
- Shoplifting; and
- Reckless driving.
Felonies are more serious crimes that are punishable by time in state prison, usually longer than a year. For most serious crimes such as murder, defendants in California could even receive the death sentence. Felony crimes include:
- Aggravated assault;
- Burglary; and
- Illegal drug use and/or sale
Seeking Quality Legal Representation
When you are facing criminal charges, there is a lot at stake. Depending on the nature of the charges, you may be facing jail or prison time, loss of driver's license, hefty fines, and loss of a job or even your career. This is no time to leave things to chance. You need to select a qualified criminal defense lawyer who has the experience and a successful track record of handling misdemeanor and felony cases. You need a skilled negotiator who can successfully help reduce your charges and an attorney with a proactive and aggressive approach who can get your charges dismissed.
When you choose a lawyer to represent you, it is important to select someone with experience and someone who has successfully handled cases similar to yours. Criminal defense lawyer Daniel E. Kann is highly respected and has established a strong reputation as a no-nonsense trial attorney who does not hesitate to challenge questionable practices on the part of law enforcement agencies, particularly when it comes to violation of civil and constitutional rights. For more information and to discuss your case at absolutely no cost, please contact the law offices of Daniel E. Kann today.