Riverside Felony Crime Attorney
Felonies and the "Three Strikes Law"
The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is the matter of severity
of the crime and, accordingly, the sentencing. Felonies are crimes punishable
by imprisonment in excess of one year and in the most severe cases can
include the death penalty. Misdemeanors are punishable by imprisonment
of one year or less. Being charged with a felony is a very serious matter.
If this has happened to you, contacting a Riverside criminal defense lawyer
should be your first action.
California imposes some of the harshest sentencing for felony convictions.
The "three strikes law" requires significant increases of prison
time after the first felony conviction, even if it was for a non-violent
crime. A second felony conviction automatically results in doubling of
a prison term and a third requires a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
It is important to note that the first and second "strikes"
are counted by individual charges, rather than by case.
Help is Available
At Grech & Packer, we understand that being charged with a crime is
one of the most distressing events one can experience. The threat of prison
and the legal process in which one is now involved can be overwhelming.
We are here to help you through, answer your questions, and defend your
rights. We will work tirelessly to do all we can in the pursuit of the
best possible outcome for your case.
Examples of felonies include:
Our knowledge and experience can be of great benefit in a felony case and
we will do everything we can to improve its outcome. In some cases, we
may even be able to have the felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor charge.
Having a felony conviction on your record can affect your future as regards
employment opportunities and tenancy situations. Professional licenses
can also be cancelled, amongst other consequences. Of course, the quality
of your representation can mean the difference between imprisonment and
Contact a Riverside Felony Crime Attorney
right away if you are facing felony charges, as these can result in severe
punishment and other consequences.