Misdemeanor Charges

San Bernardino and Riverside Misdemeanor Lawyers

The instant you are arrested and are charged with a misdemeanor is the instant you need to call an experienced criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with misdemeanor prosecutors in local courthouses in Riverside and San Bernardino County. When facing a misdemeanor charge, a good defense attorney will remain by your side through the process and help give sound advice.

While misdemeanor cases are less serious than felony charges, conviction of a misdemeanor could result in a defendant spending up to one year in the county jail. Other possible consequences may include community service, substantial court fines and probation.

Common misdemeanors in San Bernardino and Riverside County include:

  • Petty theft (Penal Code 484)
  • Public intoxication (Penal Code 647(f)
  • Driving under the influence or DUI (Vehicle Code 23152)
  • Vandalism (Penal Code 594)
  • Possession of marijuana (Health and Safety Code 11357)
  • Disturbing the peace (Penal Code 415)
  • Resisting arrest (Penal Code 148)
  • Under the influence of a controlled substance (Health and Safety Code 11550)
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia (Health and Safety Code 11364)


Other Consequences of a Misdemeanor Conviction

The DMV may restrict or suspend an individual’s driver license if convicted of certain alcohol related driving offenses. Other possible negative consequences may include difficulty in obtaining or keeping employment with employers who perform background checks, possible registration as a sex offender or restriction on possessing firearms for certain offenses and potential immigration difficulties for non-citizens, including deportation and exclusion from re-entry into the United States.


How to Handle a Misdemeanor Charge

It does not matter what charges are filed against you, always talk with an experienced defense attorney to find out what you can do. If you want an aggressive attorney to fight your case, contact our office today for a free consultation regarding your case.

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 resisting arrest, obstruction of justice when cops performed a probation sweep at her residence.  Client found not guilty on all counts at jury trial. (People v. Felicia M.)

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.)