Criminal Defense Misdemeanors

Rancho Cucamonga Misdemeanor Attorney

Board-Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer

Though less serious than a felony, a misdemeanor conviction in California can still result in a jail sentence of up to one year. Unlike many states, punishment for a misdemeanor conviction in California is determined on a crime-by-crime basis.

Decisions regarding the statute of limitations are also made on a crime-by-crime basis. Where no specific sentencing statute exists, punishment can be up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

Schedule your free case review by calling our Rancho Cucamonga misdemeanor defense lawyer
at (909) 443-1287 today.

Examples of misdemeanor crimes include:

  • Disturbing the peace
  • Driving with a suspended driver's license
  • Petty theft
  • Prostitution
  • Public drunkenness
  • Trespassing
  • Vandalism

Some crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Referred to as "wobblers," the criminal classification of these offenses depends on the circumstances concerning the crime and the existence of any prior criminal history.

Does a Misdemeanor Go Away in California?

misdemeanors in California are not automatically expunged with the passage of time, but require the filing and granting of an Expungement Petition by the Court. You must take affirmative action to expunge the case or it will appear for decades. Once relief has been granted, you can honestly answer "no" to a question regarding criminal convictions in many circumstances. If your misdemeanor case involved a grant of Probation, even informal probation, all fines, fees and community service or classes required by the court must be completed. If this happens, you must apply for an expungement the day after your probation ends. There is only a "waiting period" for expungements but it only to those with NO probation.

Reliable and Trusted Counsel from Start to Finish

If you live in Rancho Cucamonga and have been charged with a misdemeanor, the only call you need to make is to the Law Office of Robert Little. No matter the circumstances, we are here to help you work towards the most favorable outcome.

Due to experience as a former prosecutor, our Rancho Cucamonga misdemeanor defense attorney brings a tremendous amount of experience to the table. Knowing what the prosecutor needs to demonstrate in order to secure a conviction, we have a knack for identifying the weaknesses in the case against you!

Very few lawyers in California have been certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a criminal trial specialist. Our founder, Robert Little, is one of them. With 25 years of experience, the Law Office of Robert Little offers a rare combination of an extensive legal resume and an unmatched commitment to personalized client care. Don't go through this stressful time alone.

Contact the Law Office of Robert Little online or call us at (909) 443-1287 today.

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