General Legal Tips
Here are a few tips and things to be aware of:
For a Misdemeanor Charge:
- Go to court 20 minutes before the time indicated on your summons or citation.
- If you’re unsure on how to plea, ask the judge to reschedule your appearance, which will also allow you time to contact a lawyer.
- A judge may sentence you at the time you plead guilty or reschedule the sentencing hearing.
- Jail time usually begins when you are sentenced.
- All fines are due soon after sentencing unless other arrangements have been made.
- Defendants under the age of 18 must have a guardian with them at all court proceedings.
- Certain misdemeanors known as “wobblers” can be elevated to a felony status in California.
- The California Penal section 667 Three Strikes felony law is still in effect regardless of prison overpopulation.
- Defendants previously convicted of a misdemeanor who are then facing a felony crime can be given a harsher sentence.
- First time felonies are punishable by imprisonment for one year and sometimes for life!
- A second felony conviction may result in a doubled prison sentence.
- The third conviction could end with 25 years to life imprisonment.
- You have the right to contact or change an attorney throughout the entire court process.
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