Misdemeanors carry a maximum possible sentence of up to one year in county jail. Felonies are generally more serious offenses and can result in state prison for at least a year and potentially much longer depending on the charge. Some crimes called wobblers can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances.
For example, domestic violence and DUI can be charged either way depending on the facts and the District Attorney’s discretion. Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, there are several potential problems other than jail or prison if convicted. They include:
- As an adult, a criminal conviction becomes part of your permanent record and can appear on employer background checks.
- Drug or sex offender registration.
- Non citizens may face immigration issues including deportation. (If you are a non-citizen, Summit Defense has an in-house immigration attorney.)
- Loss of privileges, including driving, voting, and travel.
At Summit Defense, we are very sensitive to the many ways a criminal conviction can impact your life. Our goal is always the complete dismissal of charges either through negotiation or a not guilty verdict at trial.
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