Felony Lawyer in Oakland
Criminal Defense Attorney in Alameda County
Felonies are the most serious of all criminal charges, and they carry consequences of more than a year in prison and heavy fines. Other penalties can include the loss of your driving privileges, deportation consequences for noncitizens, and other court-ordered programs.
A felony conviction will also give you a permanent criminal record that can create future difficulties obtaining employment, housing, professional licenses, and financial aid. Any felony conviction in California will result in the permanent loss of your gun rights and could also effect your ability to vote in future elections.
California Felony Charges
Felonies can include both violent and nonviolent crimes. Examples of California felonies include but are not limited to the following:
- Armed robbery
- Various types of fraud
- Lewd acts with a child under the age of 14
- Child pornography
- Human trafficking
- Drug distribution or trafficking
- Vehicular manslaughter
Some misdemeanor charges, known as “wobblers,” may be charged as felonies as well, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. Examples of wobblers include assault, battery, domestic violence, certain drug crimes, and more.
California’s Three Strikes law also applies to felonies, resulting in increasingly elevated penalties with repeat offenses. For example, a second felony offense can result in doubled prison time while a third has an automatic sentence of 25 years to life.
Can You Get Financial Aid with a Felony?
While student loans and grants are offered to millions of students every year, a felony conviction may present itself as an issue. If you have been convicted of any crime, the federal government will not offer you any loans or grants. When facing a felony charge, your choice of a defense attorney is critical. At Demetrius Costy Law, you can work with a seasoned trial lawyer who has handled thousands of criminal cases over the last two decades.
Get Skilled & Dedicated Help from Demetrius Costy Law
Facing a felony charge can be an overwhelming and scary prospect. Our firm is here to help you avoid a conviction. If that is not feasible, we can work diligently to minimize the consequences using every available legal avenue.
Talk to an Oakland felonies defense lawyer about your case in a free, initial consultation at (510) 254-3945.