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What is a Felony Under California Law?

In California, a felony is a crime that carries a maximum sentence of more than one year in jail or prison. People convicted of a
felony in California may also be fined up to $10,000 in addition to a prison sentence. A knowledgeable, aggressive defense
attorney can help you understand all of the consequences of receiving a felony conviction and may be the only thing standing
between you and a long prison sentence.


Getting the prosecution to drop all charges when a case is weak may be the best possible outcome but if you are convicted a judge may be persuaded to sentence someone convicted of a felony to felony probation or limit the amount of time of incarceration to one year in county jail as opposed to state prison.


Many crimes can only be charged as a felony and can be counted as a “strike” under California’s Three Strikes Law. Some crimes
may be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor these are known as “wobbler” offenses.This is largely decided by the facts
and circumstances of the case and this is at the prosecutor’s discretion.


Collateral consequences of a California felony conviction


A California felony conviction carries numerous collateral consequences. Some of the most important are:



•    You must disclose your felony conviction on job applications, if asked
•    You may not own or possess a gun (sometimes for 10 years, at other times for life)
•    If your felony was a sex crime, you will be required to register as a sex offender
•    Your offense may count as a strike under California's “three strikes law"

 

Charged with a felony in California?
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