Punishment & Options

If you have been arrested for any reason, it is a significant event. Any arrest, even if you are never convicted of a crime, will remain in public records for years for employers, law enforcement personnel and others to see.

If you are convicted of a crime, the penalties extend much further. Depending on the severity of the crime, you could face probation, fines, mandatory work programs, detention in jail, or imprisonment in a state or federal prison.

Considering the high stakes of your situation, it is important that you do everything possible to avoid a conviction. Wilson & Wilson, Attorneys at Law, in San Luis Obispo County, California, does just that. Our experienced criminal defense lawyers help clients who are accused of crimes to obtain acquittals and avoid the penalties of criminal convictions.

Misdemeanors vs. Felonies | Attorneys Serving All Of San Luis Obispo County

Under California law, crimes are known as felonies, and lesser infractions are called misdemeanors. A third category, aptly named "wobblers," includes infractions that prosecutors can charge as either misdemeanors or felonies. Every misdemeanor and felony defined under California law has an accompanying sentencing range for judges to consider and observe.

In general, however, felonies in California carry much more serious penalties than misdemeanors. Felonies typically involve multi-year incarceration served in state prisons, while misdemeanors tend to result in comparatively short-term confinement in a county jail. For instance, the maximum term for a misdemeanor in California is one year, the same as the minimum length for a felony. Depending on sentencing, fines can be levied for both felonies and misdemeanors.

While some misdemeanors require minimum jail sentences, most misdemeanors provide judges with wide discretion in sentencing. Because of this, many people convicted of misdemeanors are not sent to jail, but instead serve alternative sentences involving suspended sentences and probation, at-home monitoring, community service, mandatory DUI or drug classes, psychological counseling or the payment of fines/restitution.

Our Attorneys Can Make A Difference In Your Case

Criminal law is complicated and confusing. However, a skilled attorney can make an enormous difference to your criminal defense. If you retain an experienced lawyer at Wilson & Wilson, we will do everything in our power to limit, or eliminate the negative consequences, of a criminal charge.

Depending on your circumstances, the evidence and the charges filed against you, we can seek to have your charges dropped or negotiate with prosecutors for lesser charges (for instance, from a felony to a misdemeanor). Likewise, we can advocate your innocence in court and seek an acquittal; or, if a conviction is imminent, we can seek alternative sentencing so that you can continue to lead a normal life.

Further, we can seek to have an arrest or conviction expunged from your record in certain situations.

Let Us Provide The Criminal Defense You Deserve | Free Consultation

At Wilson & Wilson, we believe that every person accused of a crime deserves a solid criminal defense. For more information, or to schedule a free, initial consultation with one of our experienced misdemeanor and felony defense attorneys, contact us online or by calling 805-546-8098 .

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Wilson & Wilson,
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960 Toro Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-546-8098
Fax: 805-781-3427
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