What Types Of Cases Do Criminal Defense Lawyers Handle?
State and federal laws distinguish between misdemeanors and felonies. In general, a misdemeanor is any crime punishable by less than 12 months in jail. It depends on the crime whether a felony carries a year or life sentence, depending on the severity of the crime.
Steven H. Nakano, Attorney at Law, handle all types of misdemeanor and felony cases in Santa Clara, CA. We regularly take on cases involving:
- Domestic Violence
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Drug Cases
- Gang Crimes
- Illegal Possession of Weapons
- Sex Crimes
- Theft Crimes
- Violations of Probation
California Criminal Laws & Penalties
There are two main types of crimes in California: misdemeanors and felonies. Although felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, a conviction of either charge can lead to time behind bars, fines, and other serious penalties.
What is Considered a Misdemeanor in California?
A misdemeanor is generally punishable by a maximum jail term of six months and a fine not exceeding $1,000. On the other hand, an “aggravated” or “gross” misdemeanor carries a jail sentence of up to one year.
What is Considered a Felony in California?
When it comes to felonies, they are typically punished based on three fixed prison sentences: two years (low term), four years (middle term), or six years (high term). For felonies without specific prison terms, a conviction may lead to a county jail sentence of either 16 months, two years, or three years.
What is California's "Three Strikes Law"?
According to California’s “three strikes” law, individuals who were previously convicted of serious or violent felonies must serve lengthier prison terms if convicted. For instance, if you had two or more previous convictions, you could be facing a prison sentence between 25 years and life – not including a potential sentence enhance of up to five years for each previous serious felony conviction.
What is a "Wobbler" Crime in California?
Lastly, some crimes in California are “wobblers,” meaning they could be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the incident.
Ready to Protect Your Rights & Freedom Today
Attorney Nakano has helped countless clients avoid serious criminal penalties and get their lives back on track, which is why he has a significant number of referrals. He also provides Spanish-speaking legal services. Do not wait to let a San Jose criminal defense attorney fight for you.