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Felonies & Misdemeanors

California Crimes Classifications

Infractions: Carry a fine and no jail time or other restrictions. Minor traffic tickets are the most common example.

Misdemeanors: Up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Common examples of serious misdemeanor charges include solicitation of prostitution, shoplifting and some DUI and domestic violence charges.

Felonies: The most serious type of criminal charge. Carry a penalty of more than a year in prison, as well as fines, probation or parole, and other penalties.

Source: California Law

Criminal charges in California are divided into three classifications: Infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. While the type of charge dictates the potential penalty (fine, jail or prison) it is not indicative of whether you should seek the advice of an experienced attorney.

For example, someone facing a traffic infraction, may well benefit from consulting with a Santa Clarita traffic ticket attorney in cases where they feel they have been unjustly charged or in instances where an additional driving infraction could trigger a license suspension, job loss or higher insurance rates.

Those facing a misdemeanor or felony charge in California, should always consult a defense attorney to discuss their rights.

Because we believe everyone should have access to quality legal advice, the Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann offers a free initial consultation to anyone facing an infraction, felony or misdemeanor charge in the Los Angeles area, including Ventura, Orange, Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Felony Crimes in California

Felony crimes always require the knowledge and experience of a defense lawyer.

A criminal conviction on a California felony charge carries long-term criminal consequences, including serious prison time, probation, fines and court costs, and post-conviction restrictions that can have serious long-term consequences. Additionally, a criminal conviction can prevent you from holding certain jobs, obtaining loans or renting apartments and can lead to long-term damage to your reputation with friends, families and co-workers and reduce your quality-of-life for decades to come.

Felony crimes handled by Daniel E. Kann include:

  • Murder (PC 187)
  • Homicide
  • Manslaughter
  • Rape (PC 261)
  • Assault with a deadly weapon (PC 245(a)(1))
  • Voluntary Manslaughter (PC 192(a))
  • Involuntary Manslaughter (PC 192(b))
  • Aggravated Battery (PC 243(d))
  • Gross Manslaughter while Intoxicated (PC 191.5(a))
  • Negligent Manslaughter while Intoxicated (PC 191.5(b))
  • Sexual battery (PC 243.4)
  • Kidnapping (PC 207)
  • False Imprisonment (PC 236)
  • Hate Crimes
  • Torture (PC 206)
  • Mayhem (PC 203)

Misdemeanor Crimes in California

Too often, clients charged with misdemeanors make the mistake of not seeking the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney. People facing misdemeanor charges sometimes have little experience with the legal system, have never been in trouble with the law, and mistakenly believe that defense lawyers are only needed for felony charges.

However, California misdemeanor charges can have very serious consequences, which can include up to a year in jail, fines, court costs and probation and other court restrictions that can lead to additional criminal charges and penalties.

The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann offers a free consultation to anyone facing misdemeanor charges. We understand a criminal charge can be embarrassing. But we also know that a criminal conviction and a criminal record will last a lifetime and can impact your ability to remain employed, hold certain jobs, or even rent an apartment or qualify for a loan.

Misdemeanors handled by Criminal Attorney Daniel E. Kann include:

  • DWI/DUI (VC 23152(a) 23152(b))
  • Domestic Violence/Domestic Battery (PC 243(e)(1))
  • Petty Theft (PC 484 & 488)
  • Shoplifting
  • Public Intoxication
  • Receiving Stolen Property (PC 496)
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Probation Violations
  • Solicitation of Prostitution (PC 647(b))
  • Prostitution (PC 647(b)
  • Reckless Driving
  • Assault and Battery (PC 240 & 242)
  • Trespassing (PC 602)
  • Drug Possession
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Violation of a Protection Order
  • Disturbing the Peace
  • Drunk in Public (PC 647(f)

If you are facing a criminal charge, contact The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann for a free consultation to discuss your rights.