In California, many crimes are “wobbler” crimes. This means they are charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the case’s circumstances. If you are charged with a wobbler crime, protect your rights and work with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Types of Wobbler Crimes
There are many wobbler crimes under California’s Penal Code. However, the most commonly seen include but are not limited to:
- A multitude of fraud charges
- Spousal battery
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Many sex crimes, including lewd conduct with a minor and sexual battery
Why Is It Important to Fight Wobbler Crimes?
It is in the best interest of the defendant to be charged with a misdemeanor. There are stringent penalties facing convicted felons, including extended incarceration, the loss of the right to vote, and the loss of the right to own a firearm.
Whether a crime is charged as a felony or a misdemeanor depends upon the facts of the case and the defendant’s criminal history. So, if the defendant has no criminal history, this may work in his or her favor. Also, a solid defense in wobbler cases is arguing that the crime was not premeditated or malicious. In cases of spousal battery, a criminal defense lawyer may argue that his or her client was merely defending themselves against a physical attack by their spouse.
There are many ways to fight wobbler crimes, making the presence of a skilled attorney even more important. Your attorney can help you uncover evidence that can be used in your favor to reduce the charges. In some cases, evidence may allow the charges to be dismissed altogether.
When to Contact a Lawyer
If you are arrested for a crime, or even if you’re simply being investigated as a person of interest in a crime, it’s crucial to contact a lawyer right away and invoke your right to remain silent. You don’t have to answer any questions. Your lawyer will guide you through the various steps of the criminal process. At Riverside Criminal Defense, we have your best interests in mind and will always let you know where you stand in your case and what to expect next.
Contact us today for a consultation by calling 951-384-7375.