Los Angeles Misdemeanor Attorneys | Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP
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Although a misdemeanor is considered less serious than a felony, a misdemeanor conviction can result in severe penalties. For this reason, it is vital to obtain experienced Los Angeles misdemeanor attorneys as soon as you are arrested for a crime.
Formed in 1987, Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP is devoted exclusively to criminal defense. Our team protects your rights to a fair judicial process. We challenge law enforcement tactics that overstep the line and we demand the prosecution meet its burden of proof. And because we understand how serious any arrest is, we show compassion for your plight while remaining relentless in your defense.
Penalties for misdemeanors
Misdemeanors can be classified as A, B or C, with a Class A offense the most serious. The penalties for a misdemeanor depend on the crime. The penalties for a Class C misdemeanor include:
- Up to six months in county jail
- Up to $1,000 fine
- Victim restitution
Aggravated misdemeanors — such as domestic battery and repeat DUIs — may result in up to one year in county jail and steeper fines.
A “wobbler” refers to a crime that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony or as a misdemeanor or an infraction. Prosecutors consider the specific facts of your case and your criminal history to decide which type of offense to charge you with:
- Misdemeanor or felony “wobbler” — Includes some shoplifting, theft, assault and weapons charges
- Misdemeanor or infraction “wobbler” — Includes some trespassing, disturbing the peace and traffic violations
Our team may negotiate for a lower-level offense in your case when appropriate. For example, the evidence may be stacked against you in a felony shoplifting charge if the property is valued at more than $1,000, but the prosecution may agree to drop the charges to a misdemeanor if this is your first arrest.
Our attorneys are often able to divert drug, theft and simple assault cases into alternative sentencing programs. Under special guidelines for nonviolent offenders, you can avoid jail time and get the help you need to overcome your problems.
However, we strongly recommend taking your case to trial if it is in your best interest to do so. Because we provide candid, straightforward advice, you always know where you stand and can make educated decisions about your options.
Learn more about your rights and options after a misdemeanor arrest
If you face misdemeanor charges, call Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP at 888-579-4844 or contact us online for help. We advise you of your rights and options at your free initial consultation. Our Los Angeles misdemeanor attorneys are available 24/7 to offer assistance.