A misdemeanor crime is, by definition, less serious than a felony crime in California, but still comes with many extremely negative consequences. A standard misdemeanor in California can land you in a county jail for up to six months, while a gross or aggravated misdemeanor can mean up to a year in the county jail. All misdemeanors carry the potential of criminal fines, and they result in a criminal record which can follow you around for years and may affect your personal and professional goals.
Representing Defendants in all California Misdemeanor Cases
Our team of misdemeanor criminal defense attorneys understand the stress and fear of facing any type of criminal charges, and we have represented men and women from all walks of life across Southern California in defending their interests in the following types of misdemeanor charges, among others:
- Drug possession
- DUI charges
- Underage alcohol possession
- Misdemeanor moving violations
- Resisting arrest
- Domestic violence
- Theft crimes
- Public indecency
- Public intoxication
- Prostitution-related crimes
- Violation of restraining orders
Our attorneys know that misdemeanor charges are often the result of misunderstandings, or may be the result of a one-time lapse in judgment or ignorance of the law, and we do everything we can to provide effective, assertive counsel that helps our clients move past misdemeanor charges and get on with their lives.
Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent and Speak to an Attorney
Many people who face misdemeanor charges have never been face-to-face with the law before, and may be unsure of their rights or hesitant to assert them to a police officer or other law enforcement representative. But, under the California and federal constitutions, you have strong rights as a defendant, and you should never hesitate to assert those rights to law enforcement.
One of the most important rights is your right to remain silent in the face of all police questioning. You do not have to provide any information to police, and this is true regardless of whether you have been placed under arrest or “read your rights.” You also have the right to have an attorney present during all police questioning, and by making your request known to police clearly, they must stop all police questioning.
If you are being questioned by law enforcement regarding any misdemeanor or felony crime in California, contact the experience criminal defense team at the Law Offices of Omar Gastelum and Associates, APLC, to discuss your situation, and we can immediately step into action to speak to law enforcement on your behalf and begin building your strongest defense to all criminal charges.
Defending Your Rights in Your California Misdemeanor Case
If you have been placed under arrest or believe you are under investigation for a misdemeanor crime in California, it is important to work with criminal defense attorneys who will fight for your rights. At the Law Offices of Omar Gastelum and Associates, PLC, our experienced criminal defense attorneys will work with you from the very start to reach a positive outcome: a dropped investigation, a dismissal of charges, a not guilty verdict, a reduced sentence, or an alternative treatment program. Contact the Law Offices of Omar Gastelum and Associates, APLC today to get your best defense now.