IF THE CHARGE IS A “WOBBLER”

Posted on: November 13, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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Orange County criminal defense lawyerIf you are convicted of a misdemeanor in California you might or might not serve time in a county jail, from a day up to a year. However, if you are convicted of a felony in this state, it’s possible that you’ll serve some time – at least a year, and in some cases substantially more – in a California state prison. Many crimes in California are always charged as felonies or always charged as misdemeanors, but in a number of other situations, a prosecutor may choose to charge you with either a misdemeanor or a felony depending upon the details of the crime and your criminal history. Numerous criminal offenses in California are called “wobblers” – because they can go either way.

If you are charged with a drug crime or a sex crime, a robbery or theft, a white-collar crime, or driving under the influence, many of these crimes are “wobblers,” and you’ll need the help of an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer. While an acquittal or dismissal of charges is usually the priority in a criminal defense, if the evidence against you is overwhelming, a good defense lawyer in some cases may be able to keep the charge from being filed as a felony. You’ll need sound legal advice and an attorney who will fight aggressively to bring your case to its best possible conclusion.

If it’s your first offense and you didn’t injure anyone or use a weapon, as a general rule if the charge is a wobbler it will be filed as a misdemeanor rather than as a felony. If you have prior convictions – especially prior felony convictions – if the charge is a wobbler, you’ll probably be looking at a felony. Every case is different, and you’ll need to obtain the specific advice that only an experienced criminal defense attorney – after reviewing your case – can offer. It’s imperative to retain high-quality legal representation if you are charged with any crime in southern California. If the charge is a drug or sex crime, a robbery or theft, a white-collar crime, or driving under the influence, put your case immediately in the hands of an experienced Orange County criminal defense lawyer.

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