Criminal Charges in California
A criminal charge can be described as a formal allegation made by a governmental authority (usually the police or a public prosecutor) stating that a person has committed a crime. In California, criminal charges are divided into infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies.
- Infraction: These are offenses that typically carry a fine and/or other restrictions but no jail time. Common examples of infractions include traffic or boating violations.
- Misdemeanor: A misdemeanor crime is more serious than an infraction but not as severe as a felony charge. Examples include traffic offenses involving DUIs, assault and battery, theft, larceny, shoplifting, probation violations, and drug possession. They are punishable by fines, jail time, license suspensions, court costs, probation, and community service.
- Felony: These are the most serious types of criminal charges in California. Examples include murder, homicide, manslaughter, rape, aggravated battery, sexual battery, and drug distribution. Felonies are punishable by more than a year in prison, fines, parole or probation, and other severe penalties.
Types of Charges
I can provide knowledgeable and comprehensive representation in various criminal charges, including, but not limited to:
Murder is defined as the intentional killing of another person. I can fight aggressively to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced, help you seek fair treatment, or negotiate a plea bargain on your behalf.
Sexual misconduct involves exhibiting a series of sexual behaviors to another person without their consent. When facing sex assault or rape allegations, I can offer you the knowledgeable legal guidance and strong representation you need to defend your charges.
Driving or operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances is a serious offense. If you have been arrested and charged with drunk driving in California, I can fight to defend your rights and protect your driving privileges.
In California, drug crimes can range from drug possession to distribution, selling, and manufacturing of controlled substances. I will advocate for you to defend your rights and keep your record as clean as possible.
A person may be charged with assault crimes for getting involved in a physical altercation with another person. If you are facing assault and battery charges in California, I am ready to protect your rights and outline an effective defense strategy to pursue a favorable outcome for your case.
Domestic violence allegations are serious and can cause devastating, long-lasting ramifications to your quality of life, liberty, reputation, and other future opportunities. I provide experienced legal services and reliable representation to clients who have been arrested and charged with domestic violence.
Taking another person's property without the owner's consent and with an intent to deprive the property owner is a serious crime in California. I can fight on your side to defend your rights and attempt to establish your innocence.
Title IX Issues
Universities and colleges throughout California use Title IX hearings to investigate and remedy sex crime allegations involving students, professors, and faculty members. If you are a student or university employee facing sexual misconduct allegations, I can coach you through the Title IX proceedings and prep you extensively for your hearing.
White Collar Crimes
In California, white collar crimes include fraud, forgery, embezzlement, bribery, and money laundering. If you have been charged with a white collar crime, you can get the reliable representation you need by retaining my services at Darryl A. Stallworth Law Office.
Trying to defend yourself against any California criminal charge can increase your possibility of being convicted and receiving maximum punishment. Call my firm today to speak with an experienced California criminal defense attorney and get the help you need.
Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney
Criminal charges can seriously impact the rest of your life. Relying on the public defender is often not the best move. The majority of these public defenders tend to be balancing so many cases that yours won't get the attention it deserves. This often causes them to opt for a plea deal. When facing criminal charges, it is paramount that you retain a highly-skilled and aggressive California criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and outline your defense strategy.
At Darryl A. Stallworth Law Office, I have dedicated my career to defending clients facing criminal allegations, including those wrongfully accused of a criminal offense. As your legal counsel, I will review the facts surrounding your situation, conduct a thorough investigation, and determine the best possible defenses for your case. I will help you navigate the California criminal justice system and give your case my full and undivided attention as we fight aggressively for the best possible outcome.