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Understanding Your Criminal Charges

Every crime has its own consequences, and the severity of those consequences depends on the nature of the crime. Understanding the differences between misdemeanor and felony charges can help you better prepare yourself for what you are facing in your case, and your lawyer should be the one to counsel you through it.

I am Tamara L. Binns, a California criminal defense attorney who is committed to helping her clients throughout all aspects of their defense cases. I want to be the one who guides you through your case in a swift and effective manner, starting with providing you with the information you need to know.

The Differences Between Felonies And Misdemeanors

It is widely known that a felony will almost always have more severe sentencing than a misdemeanor, but not many people can tell you the difference between the two charges. Many crimes that would normally qualify as misdemeanors can become felonies depending on factors such as:

  • Repeat misdemeanor offenses: Committing the same crime multiple times will result in more severe charges, eventually leading to felony charges.
  • Aggravating factors: Committing a misdemeanor in an extreme way can elevate your charges. For example, assault charges from a fistfight can escalate into a felony assault with a deadly weapon charge if one person is wielding a weapon like a knife or gun during the fight.
  • Injury or death: If your actions during a crime resulted in a victim’s considerable harm or death, then your misdemeanor actions would likely result in felony charges.
  • Crossing state lines: If your actions during a crime took place in multiple states or even affected people in other states, you can expect to face felony charges in your case.

Having a skilled lawyer on your side can make a difference in what type of charges you are facing. I can act on your behalf to negotiate for not only reduced charges but also reduced sentencing. Instead of representing yourself and hoping for a plea deal, let me pursue the best outcome possible in your case.

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If you are facing felony or misdemeanor charges or suspect you will be soon, now is the best time possible to contact me. Call me at 661-491-8485 or email me here to schedule your initial consultation today.