Experienced Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney for Felonies and Misdemeanors
Established in 2003, The Law Offices of Arash Hashemi has been dedicated to providing skilled legal representation in a variety of criminal cases. Our expertise spans misdemeanors to complex felonies, with a specialized focus on self-defense and violent crime cases. Led by Attorney Arash Hashemi, whose experience extends to arguing cases before the California Court of Appeals, we guarantee a professional and committed approach to each case. Serving clients throughout Los Angeles County, our firm offers defense strategies tailored to the specific details of your case. If you or someone close to you is facing criminal charges in Los Angeles County, Contact our office at (310) 448-1529 and schedule a consultation to speak with a criminal defense attorney with 20+ years of experience.
Understanding Criminal Offenses in California
In California, criminal offenses are classified into three main categories: felonies, misdemeanors, and wobblers, each varying in severity and legal implications.
Felonies: These are the most serious offenses, potentially leading to significant prison time or heavier penalties. Examples include violent crimes like murder and non-violent crimes like major fraud.
Misdemeanors: Less severe than felonies, misdemeanors may result in shorter jail terms, fines, or probation. Common misdemeanors include petty theft and minor drug offenses.
Wobblers: Unique to California, these offenses can be prosecuted as either felonies or misdemeanors, based on case specifics and prosecutorial discretion. This category includes crimes like certain thefts and assault cases.
Understanding these distinctions is vital for effective legal defense and strategy in California’s criminal justice system.
Navigating Felony Charges in California
According to California Penal Code Section 17(a), “A felony is a crime that is punishable with death, by imprisonment in the state prison, or, notwithstanding any other law, by imprisonment in a county jail under the provisions of subdivision (h) of Section 1170. Every other crime or public offense is a misdemeanor except those offenses that are classified as infractions.”
In California, a felony is defined as a criminal offense that carries the most severe penalties, including the possibility of death, state prison, or county jail imprisonment under specific provisions. This classification is distinct from misdemeanors and infractions, which are less severe offenses. Felonies encompass serious crimes and have significant legal consequences, necessitating expert legal representation for those accused.
These straight felonies, which we focus on exclusively as charges and in sentencing, include:
Assault with Intent to Commit a Felony
Conspiracy to Commit a Felony
DUI (Driving Under the Influence)
Felony Domestic Violence
Grand Theft Auto
Hit and Run (with injury or death)
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