Felony Charges

San Bernardino and Riverside Felony Lawyers


If you are charged with a felony in Riverside or San Bernardino County, calling a defense attorney familiar with handling felony charges at local courts is essential to ensure a favorable outcome, whether by way of negotiated plea or jury trial.

In the eyes of the law, felony charges are much more severe than infraction or misdemeanor charges. If you or a family member is facing a felony charge, seeking the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney is always recommended.

 

How is the punishment for a felony different from an infraction or misdemeanor conviction?


In California, felony convictions can result in a person being given supervised probation with a jail and/or work release obligation, or may involve a state prison commitment of 16 months up to life without the possibility of parole. A misdemeanor conviction can result in summary probation, up to one year in the county jail or work release. Both felony and misdemeanor convictions require a defendant to pay statutory court fines. Infraction convictions are usually monetary in nature, also requiring a defendant to pay a court fine.

 

Common Felony Charges in San Bernardino and Riverside County


Felony charges are usually more aggravated crimes when compared to misdemeanors. Felony cases commonly encountered include:

  • Assault (Penal Code 245)
  • Residential and commercial burglary (Penal Code 459)
  • Fraud (Penal Code 470)
  • Identity theft (Penal Code 530.5)
  • Possession of controlled substance (Health and Safety code 11350)
  • Possession of marijuana for sale (Health and Safety Code 11359)
  • Possession of methamphetamine (Health and Safety Code 11377)
  • Robbery (Penal Code 211)

 

What are the long term implications of a felony conviction?


Convicted felons can lose their right to vote or serve on a jury. A felony conviction may prohibit the individual from entering certain professions, receiving government aid and can restrict someone from possessing firearms or ammunition. Persons convicted of certain sex crimes will be required to register as a sex offender. Additionally, non-citizens can face immigration difficulties, including deportation and exclusion from re-entry into the United States.

 

How to Handle a Felony Charge


With the help of our criminal defense attorneys, you can learn what rights you have. The judicial system can be very unfair to the uninitiated. When your freedom is at stake, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can be crucial in getting you the best possible outcome. Contact our office today for a free consultation about your situation.

Our Results Speak for Themselves

Client charged with possession for sales and gang enhancement. Client faced 16 years in prison with the gang and prior strike allegation. Client turned down 8 year pretrial offer with prior attorney before going to trial. Not guilty on all charges at trial. (People v. Antwan B.)

Client charged with attempt murder, accessory after the fact and gang enhancement after shots fired at a dwelling. Client turned down 15 year pretrial offer. During trial, plea deal reached for probation with time served. (People v. Rudy B.)

Client charged with attempt murder, accessory after the fact and gang enhancement after shots fired at a dwelling. Client turned down 15 year pretrial offer. During trial, plea deal reached for probation with time served. (People v. Rudy B.)

Client charged with corporal injury to girlfriend after argument allegedly escalated. Client had significant exposure of 21 years because of prior strike, probation violation and GBI allegation. At trial, jury refused to convict client, returning hung verdict. (People v. Christopher P.)

Client charged with possession of methamphetamine for sale after traffic stop. Client claimed prejudice by prosecution’s delay in bringing the case to court. Motion filed on behalf of client asking the Court to dismiss the case as violative of client’s speedy trial rights. Motion granted and case dismissed. (People v. Shannon J.)