Legal tips

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.
For a Felony Charge: 
  • 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.


Send Us a Message

Disclaimer:  This website and its content is an advertisement for legal services. 

The information on this website is intended for general information and should not be treated as legal advice, nor does it create an attorney-client relationship.  All cases are different and require individual assessment to determine a course of action.  Please schedule an appointment – at no charge – to receive counsel from a legal professional, in order to develop a strategy to obtain the best possible results in the courtroom.

Close Menu