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A felonies, generally, is any crime that is punishable by more than one year in county jail or in state prison and a fine. Some offenses can be filed either as a felonies or a misdemeanor, depending on the facts of the case.

If you are charged with a felonies, your first court appearance will be the arraignment. At the arraignment you will enter a plea of “Guilty” or “Not Guilty” to the charges. If you plead not guilty, the case will be set for a preliminary hearing. You have a right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days of your arraignment but that time is often extended for further preparation by the attorney.

At the preliminary hearing, evidence will be presented, usually just by the prosecution. If at the end of the hearing the judge believes there is sufficient evidence to hold you to answer for the charges, the matter will be “bound over,” and continued for another court date. You have a right to a judge or jury trial on all felonies cases. You will work with your attorney to prepare for that trial, or work with your attorney to plan a resolution to the case that does not include a trial.

Examples of felonies Offenses Are:

  • Robbery/Carjacking
  • Residential Burglary
  • Drug Sales/Manufacturing
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter (Voluntary, Involuntary, Vehicular)
  • Assault With a Deadly Weapon
  • Assault With Force Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury
  • DUI With Injury
  • Theft
  • Weapons/Shooting/Brandishing
  • Rape/Sex Crimes
  • Abuse of an Elder, Child or Spouse
  • Kidnapping/False Imprisonment/Child Abduction
  • Criminal Threats/Stalking/Hate Crimes
  • Arson
  • Criminal Writings/Fraud

If you are charged with a felonies, your first court appearance will be the arraignment. At the arraignment you will enter a plea of “Guilty” or “Not Guilty” to the charges. If you plead not guilty, the case will be set for a preliminary hearing. You have a right to a preliminary hearing within 10 days of your arraignment but that time is often extended for further preparation by the attorney. At the preliminary hearing, evidence will be presented, usually just by the prosecution.

If at the end of the hearing the judge believes there is sufficient evidence to hold you to answer for the charges, the matter will be “bound over,” and continued for another court date. You have a right to a judge or jury trial on all felonies cases. You will work with your attorney to prepare for that trial, or work with your attorney to plan a resolution to the case that does not include a trial.

Many people that are charged with felonies must remain in custody during the pendency of their case. Therefore, they rely on friends or relatives to hire an attorney. At Bird & Bird, we are willing to meet with family members to refer them to a bail bondsman, to discuss financial options and to walk them through the process. We are available, after we are retained, to visit our client in any penal institution and we will always accept collect calls from jails or prisons.

Other Possible Aspects of felonies Cases Include:

  • Strikes/Priors
  • Sentencing/Prop 36
  • Gang Allegations
  • Probation Violations
  • Warrants

Felonies are very serious offenses. The attorneys at Bird & Bird have been handling serious offenses since 1985 and are extremely experienced in the defense of any criminal case. You will appreciate our attention to detail, excellent client communication and preparation at all stages in the proceeding. Call us today at (310) 371-7711 for a free case evaluation and consultation regarding your situation.

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