Felony Defense Attorney Rancho Cucamonga
If you are facing felony charges, your freedom is in jeopardy. You need a felony defense attorney that will give your case the attention and dedication it deserves. The penalties that result from a felony conviction affect your rights and have lifelong affects. A felony conviction has collateral consequences you might not be aware of. You may not be able to vote, own or possess a firearm, and you may even have to disclose your convictions on job applications. Give us a call, as felony defense attorneys in Rancho Cucamonga, we are on your side.
Felonies in California
Dealing with felony charges in California is an overwhelming, complicated, and frightening experience. California is a capital punishment state which means you can receive the death penalty if you are convicted of certain felony crimes. Additionally, the prosecutor has the discretion to charge several criminal offenses either as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the circumstances and the application of the criminal statutes. This underscores the importance of having the Rancho Cucamonga criminal defense attorneys at Burga Law Firm fighting for your freedom.
Sentences for Felonies in California
Felonies are punishable by imprisonment of a year or more in state prison. Even though some felony sentences may be served in the county jail, you should not count on it. Several years ago, California enacted what is known as the “Three Strikes Law.” It can be found in California Penal section 667. The law states that repeat offenders can face more severe punishments with each subsequent felony conviction. A convicted felon may face a doubled prison sentence. After a third felony conviction, a defendant may automatically be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Three Strikes Law may also affect a criminal defendant who has been convicted of a prior petty theft and subsequently charged with a felony theft-related crime.
There are several sentencing options available for felony convictions such as:
- Probation – which allows you to be out of custody with some conditions.
- Parole (early release) – which allows for an early release.
- Prison Time
- Jail Time
- Other Alternative Sentencing Options
Collateral Consequences of Felony Convictions
- You must disclose your conviction, if asked, on your job applications
- You may not own or possess a firearm (for 10 year or life)
- Registration as a sex offender (for sex crimes)
- Your conviction may count as a strike pursuant to “California’s Three Strike Law.”
- You may not be allowed to vote
If you have been charged with a felony or wish to learn more about how Burga Law Firm can help you or your loved one, give us a call at (909) 538-8320 to schedule a meeting with an attorney.