A short list and useful glossary of felony cases we handle.
A felony offense is a crime punishable
by one year or more in the state prison.
In most felony cases, the first appearance is also called the arraignment. After a not guilty plea, the case is set
for a preliminary hearing.
A preliminary hearing is a hearing in front of a judge, where the judge listens to the testimony of witnesses and
determines whether there is sufficient evidence to make the defendant stand trial. The burden of proof at the preliminary
hearing is "preponderance of the evidence," which is much lower "beyond a reasonable doubt," the burden at trial.
If the judge decides that there is enough evidence for the accused to be brought to trial, the defendant has another
arraignment followed by pre-trial conferences, and then trial. A conviction requires all 12 jurors to agree that the accused
is guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt."
Third Strike Cases:
Under California law, if you have two prior convictions which are "serious" or "violent"
felony offenses, you could be facing the possibility of 25 years-to-Life in prison upon
conviction of any third felony offense. What¹s worse is the third felony does not need
to be a serious felony to qualify as the third strike. Further, in some cases, a prior
juvenile conviction can be used as one or more of the strikes against you.
One Strike Offenses:
Most people are familiar with the California Third Strike Law. Now, under recent changes
in the Law, certain offenses can be punished by life in prison even though you have no prior
convictions. Many sex crimes and crimes involving the use of firearms, are now punishable by
life in prison on the first offense.
Vehicle Related Offenses|
Felony Sex Offenses|
Rape: Forcible Rape, Date Rape, Statutory Rape
Lewd or Lascivious Conduct
Solicitation for Prostitution
Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Sexually Violent Predator Commitments
Guns and Weapons Charges
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Domestic Violence/ Spousal Abuse
Narcotics & Drug Offenses|
Possession (Marijuana, Ecstasy, Cocaine, Prescription Drugs, GBH, Crack, Heroin)
Possession for Sale
Cultivation of Marijuana
Under the Influence
"White Collar" Crime|
Wire and Mail Fraud
Credit Card Fraud
Credit Card Fraud
Health Care Fraud
RICO Statute Violations
Cultivation/Manufacturing Controlled Substances
Distribution of Controlled Substances
IF YOU DON'T SEE THE CRIME YOU WERE CHARGED WITH,
That is okay! We simply do not have room
to list all the crimes we are experienced at defending. Contact us today to allow us to go over
your special circumstances.