Learn the Difference Between California Felony and Misdemeanor Charges in the San Fernando Valley, CA.
I have a lot of clients who are arrested for domestic violence in the San Fernando Valley and end up getting sent to Van Nuys court or San Fernando court and they come in all distraught with their head down thinking that they’ve been charged with a felony.
The reality is, most of the time, they’re not going to get charged with a felony, and all of the time they haven’t been charged with a felony.
The police don’t have the ability to charge anybody with anything. They can arrest somebody for something.
They can mark some boxes, but ultimately, the prosecutors in the San Fernando Valley courthouses are the ones who decide whether someone is charged with a felony or a misdemeanor in a domestic violence situation.
Serious Injuries or Prior Domestic Violence Conviction
The reason people think they’re going to be charged with a felony is a lot of times the police mark that box, and their bail is typically $50,000.00, which appears to be a felony bail.
The reality is, you’re not going to get charged with a felony in a domestic violence case unless there’s a serious injury or you have a prior conviction for a domestic violence case in Los Angeles county.
So, that gives you a pretty good idea that most of the time people aren’t going to be charged with a felony.
Felonies are very serious and you shouldn’t get charged with a felony if there’s no significant injury in the case. In more serious cases, the prosecutor could allege a great bodily injury in a domestic violence case.
So, the first thing you want to do is get an attorney. Come to somebody like me who’s been doing this for 26 years, knows how to handle these cases, knows how to win a case if you’ve got the evidence on your side.
Negotiation with Prosecutor
You need a defense lawyer who knows how to negotiate the case if you’ve done something wrong. That’s what it’s all about — figuring out what the right thing to do is and doing it to the best of your ability.
If you or a loved one is charged with a domestic violence case, you’re concerned the person is going to get convicted of a felony, you’ve got to get an attorney to defend their rights, their freedom, their reputation and all the things that the hold dear in their life.
The San Fernando Valley court system is very reasonable. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of domestic violence cases and it’s a very political thing, so they’re very careful about how they handle these cases.
They’re very careful about whether the case is filed as a felony or a misdemeanor. But the key thing for you is, if you or a loved one is charged with one of these cases, you’ve got to get an attorney.
You’ve got to get a warrior, a champion — someone who is going to stick up for you — someone who is going to show the prosecutors and the judge who you are, really ferret out the case.
Sometimes people have defenses in the case. Sometimes things aren’t exactly what they appear to be and the truth lies somewhere in the middle when it comes to these domestic violence cases in the San Fernando Valley.
Contact the Hedding Law Firm If Charged with Domestic Violence
Come to somebody who’s made a career out of defending people for domestic violence, who knows how to fight, who knows how to win.
An attorney who knows how to negotiate, who knows the tendencies of the judges and prosecutors in the San Fernando Valley court system.
Pick up the phone. Ask to speak to Ron Hedding. I will fight for you, your career, your family, your future and your freedom.
Hedding Law Firm is a criminal defense law firm located in the San Fernando Valley at 16000 Ventura Blvd #1208 Encino, CA 91436. Contact us for a free case evaluation at (213) 374-3952.