Los Angeles & Ventura County Expungement Defense Attorney

Attorney Jennifer Monroe has over 15 years experience working on cases involving the following felony offenses. She specializes in the defense of persons charged with these felony offenses throughout Los Angeles County and Ventura County.

What is a felony in California?
A felony is a crime or conduct that violates the California Penal Code, Health and Safety Code, or Vehicle Code.

Common Punishments for a Felony
Most felonies are punishable by a minimum of 16 months in county jail. Until recently you could go to state prison for a felony committed in California. However in 2011, AB109, California’s Realignment Law, went into effect and now most felons are housed in local county jails instead of state prison, with a some exceptions.

Serious and Violent felonies also known as strikes under the California Three Strikes Law are punishable by a minimum of 16 months in county jail or state prison. The punishment varies based on the type of offense, and can involve many years in state prison.

Click on the specific felony offense above for more information about punishments and defenses or Contact the Law Offices of Jennifer Monroe for more information.

What is the difference between a felony and misdemeanor in California?
The main differences between misdemeanors and felonies are the severity or level of crime and type of punishment. Felonies are the most serious and carry the harshest punishments. A felony can affect your ability to obtain employment and professional licenses issued by the state. To protect your record it is always better to get your felony dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor.

Level of Crime (in order of severity)*

Type of Punishment
Felonies – County Jail or State Prison
Misdemeanors – County Jail and or Fines
Infractions – Fine

How to get your felony reduced to a misdemeanor
Some felony offenses can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor. When they can be charged as both they are called a wobbler. The felony can be reduced by the prosecutor or the judge. The determination is usually made by the circumstances of the crime, the defendant’s background and prior record, and any other mitigating circumstances. If you are charged with a felony wobbler you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to argue on your behalf to get your case dismissed or reduced to a misdemeanor.

If you want to know if your felony can be dismissed or reduced Contact the Law Offices of Jennifer Monroe for more information.

How to get your felony or misdemeanor reduced to an infraction
An experienced criminal defense attorney can attack the evidence against you and present mitigating evidence in your favor in order to get your case reduced to the lowest type of offense – an infraction. This is accomplished by negotiating a plea bargain with the prosecutor for an infraction.

For example criminal defense attorney Jennifer Monroe has been successful negotiating Penal code 415, Disturbing the Peace, infractions for cases involving assault with a deadly weapon and theft offenses, as well as traffic infractions/moving violations for cases involving DUI’s.

See Results for examples of how Jennifer Monroe has helped defend her clients.

Los Angeles and Ventura County Assault and Battery Defense Attorney
Call Jennifer Monroe directly at (805) 501-1880 for immediate assistance with your assault and battery case.

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Law Offices of Jennifer Monroe defends criminal cases in the following cities: Los Angeles County: Agoura Hills Alhambra Arcadia Artesia Avalon Azusa Baldwin Park Bell Bell Gardens Bellflower Beverly Hills Bradbury Burbank Calabasas Carson Cerritos Claremont Commerce Compton Covina Cudahy Culver City Diamond Bar Downey Duarte El Monte El Segundo Gardena Glendale Glendora Hawaiian Gardens Hawthorne Hermosa Beach Hidden Hills Huntington Park Industry Inglewood Irwindale La Canada Flintridge La Habra Heights La Mirada La Puente La Verne Lakewood Lancaster Lawndale Lomita Long Beach Los Angeles Lynwood Malibu Manhattan Beach Maywood Monrovia Montebello Monterey Park Norwalk Palmdale Palos Verdes Estates Paramount Pasadena Pico Rivera Pomona Rancho Palos Verdes Redondo Beach Rolling Hills Rolling Hills Estates Rosemead San Dimas San Fernando San Gabriel San Marino Santa Clarita Santa Fe Springs Santa Monica Sierra Madre Signal Hill South El Monte South Gate SouthPasadena Temple City Torrance Van Nuys Vernon Walnut West Covina West Hollywood Westlake Village Whittier. Ventura County: Camarillo Fillmore Moorpark Ojai Oxnard Port Hueneme Santa Paula Simi Valley Thousand Oaks Ventura