Being charged with a felony offense means you could potentially be facing harsh penalties like stiff fines and time in jail or prison. But don’t despair just because you or a loved one is facing felony charges. A dedicated criminal defense attorney will give you your best shot at avoiding jail time and securing a positive outcome for your case.
When sentencing defendants, California judges do have some discretion in regards to the potential penalties and sentencing guidelines. They will look at a number of factors, including your criminal history and the severity of your felony. First-time offenders charged with a felony can sometimes have their charges dismissed or their sentences reduced or suspended, while the presence of repeat offenses or aggravating factors can lead to a harsher sentence.
Furthermore, there are several sentencing alternatives that your attorney could request depending on the situation and on factors like your prior criminal history, the nature of your crime, and your potential to endanger the community.
Felony probation allows you to complete your sentence without having to go to jail, under the supervision of a probation officer. During that time, you might be expected to pay off your fines and fees, make restitution, complete counseling, and volunteer a certain amount of community service hours. Your sentence in jail or prison would be suspended pending your successful completion of your defined probation period.
If you’re facing charges for a felony offense, you need an experienced California criminal defense attorney on your side. Your attorney can explain the potential penalties the court will consider and help you build your defense for the most favorable outcome possible.
At the Carlos Navarrete Law Firm, we have extensive experience crafting strategic defenses to help clients avoid jail time in all types of criminal cases. We have the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to defend your rights and protect your freedom. Through our guidance, you can be confident you’re making informed decisions, especially when it comes to determining whether negotiating a settlement or taking your case to trial is your best recourse for avoiding jail time.
For more information about how the Carlos Navarrete Law Firm can help with your criminal charge, call to schedule a consultation!