General Criminal Defense Law Information:
As a criminal defense lawyer, I have successfully defended against almost every kind of crime that can be charged in California, including allegations as serious as manslaughter, rape, and felony assault, to possession, transportation and possession for sale of every kind of drug, as well as driving under the influence, domestic violence, and violations of the business and professions code for unlawful licensing activities.
Below is some general information on the process of how criminal defense law cases generally proceed in California.
The severity of a crime in California is determined by the maximum punishment that can be imposed by law. A misdemeanor crime is less serious than a felony because a person can only be sent to a county jail for no more than one year (and in some cases for no more than 6 months) and a felony is more serious because of the possibility of a sentence in state prison.
Click on the following link for more detailed information on the legal process with felonies and misdemeanors.