A felony is the most serious crime that can be charged, so you need the best felony attorney you can find. A felony conviction can lead to:
- A multi-year sentence in jail or state prison
- Loss of constitutional rights, including the right to own a gun
- Fines and fees totaling more than $10,000
- Loss of government benefits, such as federal student loans
- Formal probation
- Sex offender registration
Why You Need A Felony Attorney Immediately After Your Arrest
When a felony arrest occurs, the police send a report to the District Attorney. The District Attorney decides whether to charge the case as a misdemeanor or as a felony. Our felony lawyers can contact the District Attorney before they make that decision and work to convince them not to file felony charges.
Call the Cohen Defense Group immediately at (530) 823-7700 or (916) 596-2700 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation with an experienced felony lawyer so that we can work to avoid a felony before it is charged.
The Cohen Defense Group is the largest criminal defense firm in Placer County, California. We serve clients from Roseville, Rocklin, Lincoln, Newcastle, Penryn, Loomis, Auburn, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Yuba City, Sacramento and more.
What You Can Expect from Us
When you hire the Cohen Defense Group you get access to:
- A team of felony defense attorneys with over a century of combined experience who know the criminal justice system and will fight to protect you from a felony conviction.
- Two State Bar-Certified Criminal Law Specialists specially recognized for their extensive knowledge of criminal law ensure that you get a rigorous defense.
- The resources to gather mitigating information that can be used to reduce the charges and the sentence.
- Felony attorneys with experience at every stage of the criminal justice process from pre-trial litigation through post-conviction motions and appeals.
Whatever you are facing, we can handle it.
Frequently Asked Questions About Felonies
What types of crimes are felonies?
Almost any crime can be a felony. Some of the felonies commonly charged are:
What is a “wobbler”?
A wobbler is a crime that can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. A crime “wobbles up” when it is charged as a felony, and a crime “wobbles down” when charged as a misdemeanor.
In criminal cases, the District Attorney decides whether to charge your case as a misdemeanor or felony and can be convinced to reduce a felony charge to a misdemeanor before filing or later in the proceedings.
The DA will charge a wobbler as a felony if:
You have a criminal record
You are on probation or parole
You caused significant damage, including physical injury
What is a preliminary hearing?
A person charged with a felony is entitled to a preliminary hearing before trial. At the preliminary hearing, the court determines if there is enough evidence for the case to go forward. The preliminary hearing is the first opportunity to test the government’s case against you.
Our felony attorneys will challenge the evidence at the preliminary hearing and work to convince the court to reduce the charges to misdemeanors.
If I am convicted of a felony will I have to serve time in custody?
Felony rules of sentencing are quite complex. There are rules regarding:
When the court can grant probation and give you a chance to avoid prison time
Which sentences can be served locally in the county jail and which must be served in state prison
What the minimum and maximum sentences are for each crime
At the Cohen Defense Group, we work hard to avoid felony convictions for our clients and to minimize the time they spend behind bars.
What happens if I violate my felony probation?
If you are convicted of a felony, you will likely be sentenced to probation or parole. Probation and parole are forms of supervised release. You are being supervised by the government, but you are not in custody.
If you violate your probation or parole, you can be sent back to jail or state prison.
What does a felony lawyer cost?
The cost to hire the best lawyer for felony charges varies depending on the seriousness of the charges and the complexity of the case. At the Cohen Defense Group we charge a flat fee so that you know how much you need up front. Come in for a free consultation as soon as possible. We will answer your questions and tell you what your case will cost.