According to the California penal code, domestic violence is the willful use or threat of unlawful force or physical harm to a current or former intimate partner. An alleged victim does not have to suffer any physical injury for a defendant to be convicted of a domestic violence charge, and innocent people are often falsely accused. This crime can be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on a number of factors, like whether or not the alleged victim suffered bodily harm, how severe that bodily harm is, the defendant’s previous criminal history, and other considerations made by the judge. In California, a domestic violence charge is very serious, and a conviction--or even just an accusation--can lead to long-term consequences for the defendant. Even offenders with no prior criminal record often receive a minimal jail sentence and are required by the court to complete a batterer’s program. This makes it especially important to hire a strong criminal defense attorney if you’re facing a domestic violence charge in order to avoid a conviction. Having domestic violence on your record can greatly impact your life, and the lawyers of the California Criminal Lawyer Group have extensive experience fighting these charges to get the best possible outcome for our clients.
A drug crime is a violation of any regulation or law surrounding controlled substances, which are legally-classified drugs and chemicals that the US government has labeled as a danger to the health and/or well-being of the American public when used or produced illegally outside of any legitimate medical context. A drug crime can include the possession, manufacture, or distribution of illegal substances. California law makes it illegal to possess any controlled substance without a legitimate prescription, and this category of drug crime is divided into two categories: simple possession or possession with the intent to sell. Sentencing in a case of drug possession will depend heavily upon the amount of drug in your possession as well as the purpose for which the drug is in your possession. The manufacture of drugs involves growing, producing, processing, or compounding a controlled substance. This is a felony and can include a vast array of criminal involvement. Illegal drug distribution, or drug trafficking, includes importing, transporting, and selling controlled substances. California Criminal Lawyer Group is prepared to handle any type of drug-related charges. Most drug convictions result in high fees and jail time, which is why you need an aggressive and experienced attorney who knows relevant laws and strong defense strategies.
Broadly speaking, a fraud crime involves an act resulting in an undeserved or unfair gain for yourself and/or resulting in loss or harm to someone else. There are a number of fraudulent acts penalized under California law, and some of the most common are insurance fraud, financial fraud, and identity theft. In California, auto insurance fraud is defined as a person attempting to illegitimately get money from an automobile insurance provider through dishonest means like staging a car accident, inflating a claim, and destroying a vehicle to report it as stolen. Both patients and medical professionals can be convicted of healthcare fraud if the prosecution proves that the offender purposely claimed a false benefit, charged for a medical service that was not provided, claimed payments of the same benefit or received personal benefits for prescribing certain medications. Financial fraud can include check fraud--the use of a check with the intention to defraud the recipient by representing the check as legitimate--and credit card fraud--a fraudulent transaction or attempted transaction with a credit or debit card, like using someone else’s card without their permission, knowingly using an expired card, or selling counterfeits. Identity theft is considered a crime when a person uses someone else’s identifying information for an unlawful purpose. Although fraud crimes are typically non-violent white-collar offenses, they often carry heavy sentences and severe penalties. If you or a loved one have been charged with fraud in San Jose, call the San Jose Criminal Attorney Law Firm so we can discuss the best options for your defense.
There are various sex crimes detailed in the California penal code, but all of them generally involve forceful or coerced sexual contact with another person who did not or could not consent to this contact. Consent is a very complicated legal concept; it can be either explicit--verbally stated--or implicit--implied or understood--and California law considers minors unable to give consent to sexual contact legally. Because sex crimes are criminal charges, the district attorney or another law enforcement entity will act as the prosecutor, and the defendant can either make a plea deal or go to trial. California has extremely strict sentencing requirements in the case of sex crimes with mandatory minimum prison terms. If a defendant is declared guilty and convicted of a sex crime, the length of a prison sentence will depend on the severity of the crime, with the minimum sentence being one year in state prison. This conviction can also carry heavy fines and a legal requirement to disclose the conviction on all job applications. Facing a false accusation for a sex crime is terrifying, and even just an accusation itself can ruin your reputation and have lasting effects on your life. The attorneys at California Criminal Lawyer Group are committed to fighting for you to prove your innocence and protect your Constitutional rights, so contact us if you have been convicted of a sex crime and need expert criminal defense.
There are varying degrees of theft in California law that can incur penalties of varying severity. Generally, a crime of theft includes knowingly taking any property belonging to someone else with the intention of keeping the property for some amount of time or forever without the permission or knowledge of the property owner. This can also include an instance in which someone entrusts their property to the defendant with the assumption that it would be returned, but the defendant fails to return that property to its owner. A theft conviction in a California court depends on the type of property stolen, but a prosecutor only needs to demonstrate an offender’s intention to deprive the rightful owner of their property in order to reach a theft conviction. Typical theft crimes include petty theft, grand theft, burglary, receiving stolen property, and more. Any theft conviction, no matter how minor, can be detrimental to future employment opportunities or state licensing, because these charges often surface during background checks. Employers tend to avoid hiring anyone with a theft record because they assume the person to be dishonest or deceptive, but we at the California Criminal Lawyer Group know that these crimes are often an unfortunate mistake on the part of honest, productive citizens. That is why we believe in second chances rather than a criminal record, and why we are committed to defending you against any and all theft charges.
Violent crime is a general, broad category. It includes crimes in which violence is specifically the objective, like murder, rape, robbery, or assault. Violent crimes also include those in which a violent act is used to achieve another objective. A defendant can face a conviction for a violent crime if the alleged victim suffered injury or if they can demonstrate that they suffered the threat of violence or injury. Assault and battery are the most common type of violent crimes, which are basically the attempt to inflict physical injury on another person (assault) or the willful use of offensive or harmful force against another person (battery). These types of cases can be very complicated because they can be counted as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances and the decision of the judge, and a good criminal defense attorney will inspect the evidence and cross-examine the witnesses in order to contest a violent crime charge. The team at California Criminal Lawyer Group has experience representing clients in all manner of violent crime lawsuits, and we know that facing any of these serious charges can be traumatizing and overwhelming. Give us a call today to talk to a legal expert about your options.