Criminal Defense Attorney in Orange County
Providing Experienced Compassionate Legal Representation to Clients Throughout Southern California
If you have been arrested in California, a conviction can result in harsh criminal penalties, such as fines and even a jail or prison sentence. In addition,a permanent criminal record can negatively impact your life, making it difficult to find work, obtain housing, or enroll in college or university. In order to avoid conviction or have your penalties reduced to avoid spending time behind bars, you need to hire a skilled criminal defense lawyer to help you.
Attorney Diane C. Bass is ready to defend you against the charges you face and help you get the best possible result in your case. With thousands of cases handled in state and federal courts throughout Orange County and Southern California, she can listen to your story, determine your available legal options, and protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process.
Attorney Bass handles the following types of criminal cases:
- Drug Crimes
- Domestic Violence
- Federal Cases
- Sex Crimes
- Violent Crimes
- Weapons Offenses
- White-Collar Crimes
Do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Diane C. Bass, A Professional Law Corporation today at (949) 264-0696 for a free initial consultation.
California Criminal Law
There are two main types of crimes in California: misdemeanors and felonies. While a misdemeanor offense is not as serious as a felony, a conviction can still lead to serious penalties, including jail time.
The following are the two classes of misdemeanors in California:
- Standard misdemeanor – Punishable by a maximum jail term of 6 months and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
- Aggravated or gross misdemeanor – Carries a jail sentence of up to 364 days and/or a maximum fine of $1,000. In January 2015, the maximum sentence was changed from 1 year to 364 days, which prevents a misdemeanor offense involving “moral turpitude” from resulting in deportation under U.S. law.
On the other hand, felony offenses carry much more serious consequences including potential prison sentences and possible fines up to $10,000. For most felonies in California, each offense has three determined or fixed sentences (e.g., a low term, a middle term, and a high term.)
Felony convictions can also result in the loss of valuable civil rights, including the right to possess a firearm, the right to vote and the right to serve on a jury. Felony convictions can also lead to the loss of professional licenses and can make it much harder to maintain or obtain employment.
Lastly, there are “wobbler” offenses, which are crimes that can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor. Prosecutors decide whether to charge wobblers as a misdemeanor or felony, based on the facts and circumstances of each case. If you are charged with a felony that is a “wobbler” it is possible to have the charged reduced to a misdemeanor.
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A criminal conviction can have significant long-term consequences, even after you have completed your sentence. Attorney Bass can investigate your arrest, gather and analyze evidence, negotiate with the prosecution, and help you obtain a favorable outcome. Let her legal team defend you from start to finish.
Call (949) 264-0696 to discuss your case with our Orange County criminal defense lawyer.
Over 25 Years of Criminal Defense Legal Experience
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Handled Some of the Largest Cases in the History of the Central District of California
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