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California Criminal Defense Attorney Takes on Prosecutors

Los Angeles County lawyer focuses on criminal law rights

At The Hanagan Firm P.C., in Redondo Beach, California, I serve all of Los Angeles County and can help you, whether you are facing criminal charges involving a DWI, a simple traffic offense or a felony. You can rest assured that I will provide you with strategic defense for your criminal charge.

Knowledgeable counselor provides sound defense for DWIs and traffic offenses

Some of the penalties that arise as a result of a traffic violation can be severe. Fines are not uniform throughout California, but penalties are. If you accumulate four or more points over the course of 12 months, your license will be suspended. This automatically occurs in the event of a DWI, along with jail time, substantial traffic fines and the installment of an ignition interlock device on your car. If you are charged with a DWI, my firm will provide you with a sound defense by investigating the details of the traffic stop, breath test results and any evidence the prosecution may have against you.

Skilled litigator defends against misdemeanors and felonies

California organizes its crimes into two categories, and the consequences for each can be severe. In California, you could be charged with a:

  • Misdemeanor — While each crime is different, the maximum sentence for a misdemeanor in California is 364 days in local or county jail. Standard misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail and an additional fine of up to $1,000. Examples of these crimes are drug possession, prostitution and shoplifting. Domestic battery, driving on a suspended license and violating a restraining order are all considered aggravated misdemeanors and can be punished by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of $1,000 or more.
  • Felony — In California, felonies are punishable by incarceration in state prison or death. While most states have determined classes for each crime, California assesses punishment on a case-by-case basis. Aside from serious crimes such as murder that are punishable by life sentences, there are three possible terms that the judge must choose at sentencing depending on the crime: low-, mid- and high-term.

Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony charge in Los Angeles County, we can go over the details of your case and determine the best course of action to seek a reduced sentence or even a dismissal.

Experienced attorney advises clients on record expungement and sealing

If you have been convicted of misdemeanors or felonies in California, expungement may be an option if you successfully completed probation or didn’t serve time in state prison. This means that most of the disabilities of a criminal conviction are removed from your record. You may also be able to get your criminal record sealed if your charges were dismissed for a substantive reason, no charges were filed following your arrest or a court returned a not-guilty verdict in your case.

Contact a dedicated Los Angeles County criminal defense lawyer for a free consultation

At The Hanagan Firm, P.C., in Redondo Beach, California, I defend clients in Los Angeles County on a range of criminal charges. Please call 833-426-2426 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.