Woodland Hills Felony Lawyer
Over a Decade of Former Prosecution Experience to Defend You in Court in LA & Ventura Counties
When you are facing felony charges, the first thing you should do is seek an experienced trial lawyer. State prosecutors have significant resources at their disposal to convict you, and public defenders may not be as personally committed to your case as a private defense lawyer. The attorney of the Law Office of Ali Ziai is a former prosecutor with over a decade of experience. This ensures that he knows how the state thinks, which can help him build a defense strategy in anticipation of what the other side might claim against you. Attorney Ali Ziai is equipped with the professional experience and skill to defend you in court.
Call (818) 600-6477 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation to discuss your felony charge. Farsi services are available.
Felony Offenses in California
California law defines a felony as a crime that carries a penalty of incarceration in state prison or county jail for more than one year and possibly fines of up to $10,000.
Some examples of felonies in California include:
- Sale of a controlled substance
- Vehicular manslaughter
A fair number of crimes in California are actually “wobblers,” or crimes that can be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors depending on the facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal history. Some examples of wobbler offenses are assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, and sexual battery. If you have been charged with a wobbler offense, it is quite possible to argue for a reduced charge.
How Felonies Are Penalized
Felony crimes are usually punished by imprisonment for a low term, a middle term, or a high term. The specific penalty range for each of these terms depends on the crime. For example, a low term for a first-degree burglary offense is two years, while the low term for rape is three years. If the statute does not specify these terms, the options will likely be 16 months (low term), two years (middle term), and three years (high term).
If a felon was convicted of a violent crime or aggravated white-collar crime, or has to register as a sex offender, they will likely be imprisoned in a state facility. Otherwise, a felony offender may be ordered to serve time in county jail, according to California’s "Public Safety Realignment Act.”
Generally, defendants will receive the middle prison term. Courts in Los Angeles County are more lenient and will impose sentences on the low end of the penalty range unless they find extraordinary circumstances. For instance, aggravating factors like using a weapon may call for a sentence on the high end. Mitigating factors like a defendant’s minimal participation in the crime may similarly reduce a penalty to the lower end.
California’s “Three Strikes” Law
The state implements a "three strikes" law, which requires offenders who have a history of serious felony charges to serve more severe sentences. A person who has at least two prior felony convictions may be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for subsequent crimes. Five-year sentences may be added for each of an offender’s prior felony convictions.
The rules under this statute can be confusing, and the specific sentencing ranges also often depend on the nature of your conviction. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate the law relevant to your case.
“What sets Ali apart from some of the other attorneys I have had experience with, and probably from most attorneys, actually, are his communication skills and his compassion for his clients.”
In most circumstances, California Penal Code 1203.4 allows expungement of a felony offense if the defendant:
- successfully completed felony probation; and
- are not currently charged with a criminal offense, not on probation for a criminal offense, or not serving a sentence for a criminal offense.
However, there are certain felonies that can never be expunged. This generally includes most felony sex crimes against children.
If you are facing felony charges, contact the Law Office of Ali Ziai immediately for legal guidance. We can take a detailed look at your case and provide a few legal options. A felony conviction can have a serious impact on your future, and we understand how important this defense is for you. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Ali Ziai can strategize a legal plan for you that deftly combats what the other side might bring against you. Whatever felony charge you are facing, we know how to combat it.
Don’t let an unfair accusation wipe away your future. Schedule a free consultation online or at (818) 600-6477 to get started.