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California classifies crimes in three categories, the most severe of which are felonies. The lesser offenses are misdemeanors and small violations known as infractions. While misdemeanors are still less serious than felony crimes, but they can still have a huge impact on people's future.

There are an inexhaustible amount of crimes that could be considered misdemeanors in the state of California and even small infractions can potentially be escalated to a misdemeanor offense. It is important that after an arrest that you contact the firm at Anthony Curiale and Associates, A Professional Corporation and speak with a criminal defense attorney about the specific penalties you may be facing for your charges. The state recognizes the following types of crimes as misdemeanors:

Aggravated Misdemeanors

While these are still considered to be misdemeanors, aggravated misdemeanors could be penalized heavier than a standard misdemeanor. Aggravated assault, some DUI cases, domestic violence and battery can all be considered aggravated misdemeanors. While not usually considered to be wobbler offenses, prosecutors often push to have these crimes tried as felonies.

Standard Misdemeanors

Being drunk in public, disorderly conduct, petty theft, shoplifting, gambling and violating your probation or restraining orders can all be categorized as standard misdemeanors. These crimes do have a potential to be elevated to greater offenses. If you are tried and convicted of a standard misdemeanor crime, you will face jail time, probation and fines. In some cases, restitution to victims will be required as well.

Wobbler Crimes

Some crimes are called wobblers because they can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Depending on your past criminal history or the specifics of your arrest, you could either have an infraction charged as a misdemeanor or have a misdemeanor escalated to a felony. Trespassing, assault, being drunk in public and noise complaints or disturbing the peace are common wobbler crimes.

Get Trusted Defense Against Misdemeanors

All of these crimes will often be penalized with the following:

  • fines
  • restitution
  • potential jail sentencing
  • probation.

Almost every misdemeanor will require a service of community service, house arrest or a treatment program. It is important that you protect yourself and your rights by working with an attorney from our firm after an arrest. At our firm, we are committed to providing the best possible representation to our clients and ensuring that their rights are protected. It is possible that any of these crimes could be elevated to a higher offense. If they are elevated, you may be facing harsher penalties and lengthier sentences. It is important that you contact a misdemeanor attorney from Anthony Curiale and Associates, A Professional Corporation today if you have been arrested. Get in touch with an attorney from our firm by completing our simple case evaluation form.

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