April 10, 2024 By Paul Wallin

Can a Defense Attorney Help Me If I Am Being Charged With A Felony?

When you’re facing serious felony charges in a state like California, it’s crucial to understand the importance of having a defense attorney by your side. They can make a world of difference in navigating the complexities of the justice system and securing the best possible outcome in your case. Selecting the right criminal defense law firm to defend you can help to protect your freedom and your future. Wallin and Klarich has over 40 years of experience helping those who are facing felony charges in Southern California. Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL for your free phone consultation! You will be glad you did!

Types of Felony Charges in California

Being accused of a felony in California is a very serious matter.  If you are facing a serious criminal charge you are facing a prison or county jail sentence.  A conviction can seriously impact your life in many ways. Your Wallin and Klarich criminal defense lawyer will be the person who will be fighting for justice to help you obtain the best result possible in your case.

In California, felony charges are divided into different types based on how serious they are and the potential impact on the person accused. These categories cover violent crimes like murder and robbery, property crimes such as burglary and auto theft, drug offenses including possession and sales , and white-collar crimes like fraud and embezzlement. Wallin and Klarich knows how to help you if you are facing any serious criminal case in California. 

Importance of Legal Representation

In the justice system, defense attorneys are like the frontline warriors fighting for the rights and freedom of the accused. They wear many hats, acting as your “voice” in the courtroom as legal advisors and skilled negotiators. .

Your Wallin and Klarich criminal lawyer will make certain that all of your legal rights are protected.

Understanding Felony Charges in California

Types and Classifications

California’s Penal Code classifies felonies into five categories, based on their severity. Beyond this, there are “wobblers,” which can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. The district attorney will decide whether to charge you for a felony or a misdemeanor based on the circumstances of your case and your criminal history.

California’s Penal Code is extensive, covering a wide spectrum of felony charges. Some of the relevant codes include:

  • Penal Code 187 (PC) – Pertains to murder, defining it as the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought.
  • Penal Code 211 (PC) – Defines robbery as the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.
  • Penal Code 459 (PC) – Addresses burglary, defined as entering a room, structure, or locked vehicle with the intent to commit grand or petit larceny or any felony.
  • Penal Code 487 (PC) – Outlines grand theft, involving the unlawful taking of someone else’s property worth more than $950.
  • Health and Safety Code 11350 (HSC) – Relates to drug offenses by making it illegal to possess certain controlled substances without a valid prescription.

These codes are crucial for anyone facing felony charges to understand, as they provide the legal framework for the types of felonies a person could be accused of in California.

Consequences and Outcomes

The penalties for a felony conviction in California can vary widely, depending on the nature of the crime and the defendant’s criminal history. In general, felonies in California are punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for less than a year or in state prison for one year or more. Some felonies, such as murder, may carry life sentences with or without the possibility of parole. Fines for felony convictions can also range significantly, from a few thousand dollars to over $10,000 for more serious offenses. Additionally, individuals convicted of felonies may face probation, mandatory treatment programs, community service, and restitution to victims. In addition to the above in many cases the prosecutor will add “enchancement charges” to the crime you are facing. These enhancements can pertain to the use of a firearm or the fact that you have prior convictions for serious felonies. These enhancements can increase the potential punishment you can receive substantially.

How a Defense Attorney Can Assist

Developing Legal Strategies

A defense attorney’s knowledge and experience with the intricate details of criminal law enable them to craft the most effective defense strategies for your case. Your criminal lawyer can challenge evidence presented by the prosecutor, cross examine witnesses that testify in your case and present a strong defense to your case. 

Case Evaluation and Preparation

In-depth analysis of the prosecution’s case, gathering of evidence, and the preparation of arguments are central to defense strategies. Every piece of evidence and argument that can be leveraged in the accused’s favor should be meticulously prepared for trial. This is where a defense attorney’s expertise and resources can be invaluable.

Negotiations and Plea Bargaining

In many cases, it’s in the best interest of the accused to negotiate a plea bargain instead of going to trial. A defense attorney can use their negotiation skills and knowledge of the criminal justice system to secure reduced charges or sentences for their clients. In some cases your lawyer may be able to have you avoid jail time by having you enter into a self-help program. In other cases your lawyer may be able to have your case dismissed.

Representing the Accused in Court

In trial, a defense attorney is an essential ally. They’ll present evidence, cross-examine witnesses, and make legal arguments to protect the accused’s rights and to do all they can to convince the jury to find their client not guilty. With 40+ years of experience, our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have helped thousands of clients win their cases or get their charges reduced so that they receive probation or do less time in custody.  We know the most effective defenses to argue on your behalf, and we will do everything in our power to help you achieve the best possible result in your case. We will be there when you call. We have offices in Irvine, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Torrance, Victorville, and Anaheim. Call us for a free phone consultation now at 877-466-5245.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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