Understanding The Charges You Face
Criminal charges may disrupt your life and make you anxious for your future. While any conviction for a crime can affect your livelihood, your opportunities and your personal life, some charges are more serious than others and carry the potential for negative consequences that will last the rest of your life.
At The Law Office of Christopher A. Lamiero in Dublin, California, I work hard to help each client understand the nature of the offense and the possible effects a conviction may have on your life. Knowing what you are up against may help you participate more fully in the construction of a strong defense strategy.
Minor Crimes Still Carry Major Consequences
Misdemeanors are typically minor crimes that involve no violence such as simple DUI, shoplifting or drug possession. The penalties for misdemeanor convictions may be a year or less in a county jail, fines or community service.
You may feel the penalties of a misdemeanor are tolerable and that accepting a plea could just make the whole ordeal go away much faster. However, a conviction for a misdemeanor remains on your record unless you are eligible for the complex expungement process or participate in a diversion program. The better option is to avoid the conviction altogether. An experienced criminal defense attorney can work toward that goal.
Felonies Can Derail Your Life
Convictions for more serious crimes called felonies carry severe penalties, including longer sentences — perhaps even life — in state prison. These felonies are often violent crimes such as murder, rape, arson or crimes against children. However, they may also be nonviolent crimes that society considers especially heinous, like a fourth DUI within 10 years, white collar crimes or grand theft.
If you are convicted of a felony, you also lose some of your civil rights such as the right to own a firearm or serve in the armed forces. You may also be disqualified from seeking employment in certain industries. Depending on the offense, you may also have the “three strikes” rule hanging over your head, which means increasingly harsh penalties for future convictions. As an aggressive criminal defense attorney, I will fight to protect your freedom.
Don’t Face Criminal Charges Without An Experienced Lawyer
I focus on defending the rights of the residents of Alameda County and surrounding regions with energy and determination, whether they face misdemeanor or felony charges. If you call me at 510-244-3250, I will evaluate your case and advise you of your best options. You may feel more comfortable using the online contact form to schedule your free consultation.