Los Angeles Criminal Law Blog

Reducing Felony Offenses to Misdemeanors in Los Angeles

Posted on: April 3, 2009 at 7:35 a.m.

A skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorney will have the ability to work with the Los Angeles courts to negotiate sentencing, charges and so on. Getting a felony changed to a misdemeanor charge in Los Angeles is difficult, but the skilled Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers at Kestenbaum, Gorin and Eisner have experience doing just that.

There are many benefits to having a felony turned into a misdemeanor, and while some might think it is difficult, it's not impossible. For example, a recent report stated that the University of Southern California football player Shareece Wrights initial felony charge of resisting a police officer was reduced to a misdemeanor offense. The charges stem from an incident at a house party in Colton, California in September of 2008. Local law enforcement was called to the scene and proceeded to break up the party, ordering Wright to leave. Wright claims he was asked by the partys host to stay. The Los Angeles Times does not mention any physical force or violence between Wright and police on the scene, which is most likely why the charges against him were reduced to a misdemeanor.

A judge in the San Bernardino Superior Court ruled that in Wrights case the football players actions were less violent to a significant degree than would normally have been classified as a felony offense. Co-defendant Salvador Naza, who was also at the party and ordered to leave by local police still faces felony charges of resisting a police officer. Wright could still face time in a county jail, but his Los Angeles criminal defense attorney is optimistic that the player will ultimately be punished with either community service or a fine instead.
In California, there are many criminal offenses that can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or felony. Such offenses are commonly referred to as wobblers. Examples of criminal offenses that are wobblers include theft, assault, drug violations and certain types of driving under the influence (DUI).

In most cases, an offence is either a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the amount of damage done, injury caused, or the monetary value of items stolen. Other factors may also influence a judges decision to reduce charges to a misdemeanor. Prior criminal record is probably one of the most important things taken into consideration. Someone with a long criminal history, or even a troubled personal history, is less likely to have charges reduced, even if most of the prior convictions were misdemeanors as well. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney will be able to advise you as to which offenses might be reduced.

If you have been charged with a felony criminal offense, the right attorney will thoroughly look through your case to see if charges might be reduced. Call the attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP today to see if you might be able to avoid possible prison time.

Tagged as: california criminal laws


A Greenfield, UCLA on May 24, 2009 at 12:31 a.m. wrote:

I find it interesting that it is so common to be able to reduce a felony into a misdemeanor. As mentioned above, in the cases of DUIs, theft, assault, and drug violations, these 'wobbler' offenses can be prosecuted as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Is the difference, for example, the severity of the assault? The extent of the theft? Or is it instead the ability to shape your argument such that it minimizes the perceptible wrongdoing? If the last question is indeed true, it is so important to craft arguments so that you are credible, connect with the audience, and give justifications that are clear, to the point, and empower the audience.

Eisner Gorin LLP has been recognized as one of the best U.S. law firms, based on the experience, professionalism, and ethics of its criminal defense lawyers and attorneys. We aggressively defend clients in all Southern California courtrooms on state and federal charges, including DUI, DMV, misdemeanor, felony, juvenile cases, in the following communities and courthouses.

Los Angeles County, CA: Agoura, Altadena, Alhambra, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Century City, Chatsworth, Compton, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Downtown Criminal Court, El Segundo, East Los Angeles, Eastlake, Encino, El Monte, Glendale, Glendora, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Inglewood, Los Angeles Lawyer, La Canada, LAX Court, Los Padrinos, Long Beach, Los Angeles Attorney, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Newhall, Norwalk, Palos Verdes, Pasadena, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Marino, San Pedro, Santa Clarita, Sherman Oaks, Sierra Madre, Santa Monica, South Gate, South Pasadena, Sylmar, Torrance, Universal City, Valencia, Van Nuys, West Covina, West Hollywood, Walnut, Westchester, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier, Woodland Hills, California. Orange County, CA: Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine Attorney, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, La Habra, La Palma, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Orange County Lawyer, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda, California. Ventura County, CA: Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, San Buenaventura, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village. San Bernardino County, CA: Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland.

Call Today! Free Immediate Response.  (818) 781-1570 / Available 24/7


Clients' Ratings 10/10 Superb Recognition

Rated Top 2.5% Law Firm in California

Our firm has the Highest Rating ("A.V. Preeminent") from Martindale-Hubbell, a national lawyers' review company, for professionalism, ethics, and competence.

peer review

Certified Specialist Criminal Law and Defense, State Bar of California Legal Specialization

legal specialization

Firm partners provide legal commentary on national television and radio. The firm has also litigated a number of high-profile criminal defense matters which have been covered by the media.

Criminal Defense Court Victories - Part 1

Additional Defense Court Victories - Part 2

Additional Defense Court Victories - Part 3

LA DUI Defense Court Victories

Linkedin Professional Proflle
View DMITRY GORIN's profile on LinkedIn

Firm Fan Page & News

Our Criminal Defense Partners

Alan Eisner

Dmitry Gorin

Prior Criminal Law Posts

  • arrest warrant (2)
  • arson pc 451 (1)
  • assault (1)
  • bail and release (5)
  • bench warrants (4)
  • california criminal laws (48)
  • child pornography pc 311_11 (11)
  • counterfeit goods pc 350 (14)
  • domestic violence pc 273_5 (7)
  • driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) (1)
  • drug addiction and treatment (2)
  • drug crimes defense (23)
  • dui drunk driving defense vc 23152 (4)
  • faq (20)
  • federal law and defense (25)
  • firearms crimes (None)
  • gang allegations (8)
  • high profile defense (8)
  • immigration consequences (12)
  • internet crimes defense (4)
  • jury trial defense (34)
  • juvenile crime (1)
  • juvenile law (5)
  • los angeles child pornography defense attorney (3)
  • los angeles criminal defense attorney (23)
  • los angeles drug crimes defense attorney (4)
  • los angeles drug laws (1)
  • los angeles drug offense (1)
  • los angeles embezzlement (2)
  • los angeles federal crime defense lawyer (1)
  • los angeles marijuana laws (1)
  • los angeles medical fraud defense attorney (1)
  • los angeles medical marijuana attorney (3)
  • los angeles medical marijuana dispensary (1)
  • los angeles murder defense (1)
  • los angeles paparazzi law (1)
  • los angeles police brutality defense (1)
  • los angeles sex crime defense attorney (9)
  • los angeles violent crime defense attorney (6)
  • los angeles warrant (1)
  • los angeles white collar defense attorney (3)
  • medical marijuana (1)
  • medicinal marijuana laws (2)
  • motion to dismiss unlawful police search (12)
  • police misconduct (3)
  • pornography (1)
  • probation and sentencing laws (11)
  • resisting arrest pc 148 (2)
  • riverside kidnapping defense attorney (1)
  • san fernando violent crime defense lawyer (1)
  • sex crime accusations (37)
  • sex crimes (3)
  • theft (16)
  • three strikes laws (6)
  • untagged (2)
  • vandalism pc 594 (5)
  • violent crimes defense (24)
  • white collar crime fraud theft laws (22)

  • Local Courthouse Specialist: Specializing in Van Nuys, San Fernando, Sylmar Juvenile, and all other valley courtrooms.Email