Wobblers – Reducing Felonies to Misdemeanors
The term “wobbler” refers to a crime that can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Certain crimes fall under this category of being a wobbler. If you’re accused of committing one of these crimes, the discretion on whether the charge is a felony or a misdemeanor lies in the discretion of the prosecutor.
There are significant differences in the penalties for a felony and the penalties for a misdemeanor conviction.
In practice, the prosecutor will usually always charge the crime as a felony. This gives them the ability to punish you more severely as well as to have more leverage over you to get a plea bargain in their favor.
If you’re charged with a felony, it is important to have an attorney to negotiate and reduce your charge down to a misdemeanor. A reduction to a misdemeanor can be the difference between staying out of jail and spending years in state prison. A misdemeanor would also mean that you would not lose certain rights such as possessing a firearm, voting, jury duty, etc.
If you’re being charged with a felony, it’s important to see whether or not it would be possible to reduce your charge to a misdemeanor. Call the Law Offices of Nam Q. Doan | OC Legal Defense today at (714)248-DOAN(3626). I can help fight your case and keep you out of prison. For more information, visit www.OCLegalDefense.com.
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