In a complex recent matter involving allegations of vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI, charges were dismissed after intensive litigation over 3.5 years.
If you have been charged with theft by a credit or debit card in California you could be facing jail time as well as a felony conviction on your record.
The statutes of most states, including California, divide criminal offenses into two broad categories – felonies and misdemeanors. A third category – infractions—are not truly criminal offenses but typically carry with them the possibility of a fine if convicted. A speeding ticket is a good example of an infraction. Understanding “Criminal Offense in California: Is This a Felony or a Misdemeanor?”
According to the California Court of Appeals for the Fourth District, when a felony conviction is reduced to a misdemeanor and dismissed, it will still be considered a felony for enhancement purposes should the defendant suffer a future conviction. California Penal Code Section 17(b)(3) permits the court to convert a “When Is a Misdemeanor Treated as a Felony?”