Experience the Difference of a Women-Owned Criminal Defense Firm
When your freedom is on the line due to the threat of a criminal conviction, don’t trust the outcome of your case to just any attorney. The women-owned criminal defense firm of Lamano Law Office provides a caring, compassionate approach grounded in the values of treating our clients with the dignity and respect they deserve while aggressively defending their rights under the law. Our firm:
- Is rated #1 on Yelp for criminal defense law firms in the area and has 100 percent five-star client reviews on Google
- Over 30 years of combined legal experience
- Our success rate is 98% with only 2% of clients facing jail time.
When you turn to our firm for help with criminal charges in Contra Costa County, you can expect that we will:
- Give you the best case, worst case, and likely scenario after a 30-minute phone call
- Clearly explain our approach to representation and what to expect in court so you don’t have to stand nervously in front of a judge
- Treat you with compassion so that you feel comfortable opening up to us about your case and allowing us to help you. Everything we discuss is private and confidential.
- Work diligently to secure a favorable resolution to your charges so that you can begin to move forward
- Leave no stone unturned in fighting for the best possible outcome in your case and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the proceedings
Penalties for a Criminal Conviction in Contra Costa
Penalties for a criminal conviction in Contra Costa County vary depending on the grading of the charge. Crimes prosecuted under California state law are broadly categorized either as misdemeanors or felonies. Some misdemeanors are known as “wobblers,” because they can also be charged as felonies under certain circumstances.
Misdemeanors are comprised of less-serious criminal offenses governed by California law. Maximum penalties for a misdemeanor conviction include:
- Standard misdemeanor: Up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000
- Aggravated misdemeanor: Up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000
Felonies are the more serious criminal offenses in California. Penalties for a felony conviction can include:
- Imprisonment of one year or more
- Fines, typically as high as $10,000
- Other terms such as loss of your rights to possess a firearm, registration as a sexual offender, community service, restitution, and participation in behavior or substance abuse treatment programs
In California, most felony statutes specify the prison sentences that can be imposed for a conviction under that statute. The statutes usually list a low term, middle term, and high term. If the court chooses to mandate incarceration as part of a sentence, it will choose one of these terms to impose based on factors such as the defendant’s age, criminal history, and the nature of the crime in question.
Courts also retain the discretion to convert a portion of or all a term of incarceration into a term of either informal or formal probation. Individuals on probation are required to follow all conditions of their probation. Violating probation may result in the probation term being extended, the imposition of additional conditions of probation, or the revocation of probation and the imposition of a sentence under the original conviction.
In addition to a sentence, a criminal conviction can also have long-term consequences, such as:
- A criminal record that can make it difficult to successfully apply for housing, employment, educational opportunities, and professional licensure
- If convicted of a felony, loss of the right to serve on juries or to own or possess firearms
- If convicted of a sex offense, the requirement to register as a sex offender
Fortunately, in certain circumstances, you may be entitled to obtain relief from the stigma of a criminal conviction. Talk to our Contra Costa criminal defense attorneys to learn more about your post-conviction options.
Our Contra Costa Criminal Defense Attorneys Are Here to Help
If you have been charged with a crime in Contra Costa County, you deserve legal representation that Is compassionate, knowledgeable, experienced, and will become aggressive on your behalf when need be. You also deserve to be seen as a whole person in the eyes of prosecutors, juries, and judges. Our approach to representation will help to ensure that your story is heard. Contact Lamano Law Office today for an initial risk-free case evaluation to learn more.