There are several major factors that set felonies and misdemeanors apart in California. Misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, do not lead to prison time, and can allow you to get your charges expunged.
These are only some examples of the differences between felonies and misdemeanors in our state. You can review more of these differences today with the Simmrin Law Group. Reach out to our team right now by calling (310) 997-4688.
Comparing Misdemeanors and Felonies in California
Reviewing the facts concerning the differences between felonies and misdemeanors can make them easier to understand.
Misdemeanors are one kind of serious charge in Los Angeles. These charges are more serious than infractions but not as serious as felonies. Individuals often face misdemeanor charges for things like:
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Petty theft
Note that these are only examples of possible misdemeanor charges in the state of California. Misdemeanors lead to fines and jail time. They can also lead to probation.
Felonies represent the most serious criminal charges in the state of California. Felony charges are frequently used for violent crimes. This includes charges like:
The above list provides only examples of some felony charges in use in Los Angeles. Individuals convicted of a felony can face prison time and higher fines. They will also be considered “felons” in the state of California.
Penalties Associated with a Felony Conviction
We’ve discussed some of the basic differences between misdemeanors and felonies in California. There are some other differences associated with the penalties for felonies. Individuals convicted in court of a felony can face:
“Strikes” on Their Record
The state of California has a three-strike system it uses for some violent felonies. Individuals can get a strike on their record if they are convicted of these felonies. Strikes count against individuals if they face subsequent felony charges.
Restrictions on Their Ability to Own Firearms
Technically, felons in the state of California are not allowed to own or purchase firearms. This is covered under California’s “felon with a firearm” law. Anyone convicted of a felony is automatically considered a felon in California.
Difficulties Securing an Expungement
Some people can get their criminal convictions expunged in California. However, expungements are generally not available if an individual serves time in prison. Many felony convictions will lead to prison time here in California. Find out more about these restrictions by calling us at (310) 997-4688 and speaking with the Simmrin Law Group.
How You Can Reduce a Felony to a Misdemeanor
Felony charges are more serious than misdemeanors in California. However, felony charges can get reduced to misdemeanor-level offenses in some cases. Often, these charges are reduced through a plea bargain.
Plea bargains are deals made with the prosecution here in California. A Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer can review any plea bargains offered in felony cases. Accepting a plea bargain allows people to reduce their charges in many situations.
However, you should know that accepting a plea bargain still requires an individual to plead guilty. They are merely accepting a less serious charge with less serious penalties.
Some individuals want to get their criminal charges expunged after a conviction. Individuals are eligible for expungement if they:
- Completed all the terms of their probation
- Are not facing current criminal charges for another act
- Did not spend any time in prison
Many felony convictions will lead to prison time in California. This means it can be more difficult to get an expungement for a felony conviction. However, it is possible in some situations. Some felony charges in Los Angeles only lead to jail time.
Whether It’s a Felony or a Misdemeanor, We Can Help!
There are many differences between felonies and misdemeanors in California. Our team at the Simmrin Law Group will provide you with specific facts about these differences. It’s easy to contact us to get answers. Just call (310) 997-4688 or fill out our online contact form. Get to work with our criminal defense lawyers in Los Angeles now. Allow us to help with misdemeanor or felony accusations, starting with a free consultation.