Attorney Burgener practices several areas of law within criminal defense and handles both felony and misdemeanor charges of all types.
With any criminal charge, it is important to understand the distinction between felonies and misdemeanors.
Felonies are serious crimes that are punishable by more than one year imprisonment or, with some offenses, even death. The punishment distinguishes whether or not a crime is a felony or a misdemeanor. In some cases and with certain state codes, a misdemeanor can be treated as a felon if labeled as “aggravated” or “gross” or given a sentence of over a year in a state prison.
If convicted of a felony, it remains on your criminal history record, although expungements of record may be granted for some felony convictions. The state of California imposes the three strike law, meaning that repeat felony offenders carry harsher punishments and if you are convicted of three felonies, you may serve a prison term for life.
Misdemeanors are less serious crimes than felonies and are punishable by fines or imprisonment in a county jail for less than one year. These crimes also remain on your criminal history record but many receive expungements if sentencing requirements are met.
Facing either type of charge can greatly impact your life and those around you. It’s crucial to have a competent lawyer who understands the complexity of the laws surrounding criminal offenses, who protects your rights and fights for your best options.
Attorney Burgener has over 30 years in state and federal cases for misdemeanor and felony charges, he knows the ins and outs of the court system as well as the court proceedings. Call the office for a free consultation.
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William R. Burgener, Esq.
San Diego Criminal Defense Attorney