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Felony Criminal Defense 

No area of law has a bigger impact on our lives than criminal law. Your liberty and ability to support yourself and your family are at stake if you are facing felony criminal charges. You need to take these charges seriously and retain the services of a criminal defense attorney who will defend your rights and liberty.

There are three categories of criminal offenses under California law, felonies, misdemeanors and infractions. Felonies carry with them the most severe possible punishments and cover the most serious crimes.

  • They are offenses that have a maximum sentence of more than a year and it may be a crime punishable by death.
  • Those convicted can be ordered to a pay fine up to $10,000, which can be in addition to or instead of a prison sentence.
  • The sentence may be formal (felony) probation which includes serving time, at most, a year in county jail.

Felonies fall into two categories.

  • “Straight” felonies can only be charged and sentenced as a felony. These are the most serious crimes and include murder, rape and sale of a controlled substance.
  • “Wobbler” offenses are those that in the prosecution’s discretion can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor (punishable by not more than one year in a county jail). The facts of the case and a prior criminal record can affect how these offenses are charged.

Other consequences of a felony conviction can include,

  • Lost income due to losing your job, making you unable to support yourself or your family.
  • The breakup of your family and the end of your reputation in the community.
  • Having to list criminal convictions on future job applications. It may be the basis of your application being rejected and if you lie about being convicted and your employer finds out, that can lead to you being fired.
  • Rejection, suspension or revocation of a professional or business license.
  • Deportation if you’re an undocumented immigrant.
  • Being listed as a sex offender if you’re convicted of a sex related crime.

If you are being investigated for, or have been charged with, a felony criminal offense you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney from the Bloom Firm. There is too much at stake for you to try to go this alone or retain an attorney without the skills or experience you need.

We will fight for your rights and make sure you are afforded every defense appropriate for your case. We will always support you, be truthful with you and give you our advice on your options. Often a plea bargain is the best choice and we negotiate the best possible outcomes for our clients. If your case goes to trial we will expose weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case, tell your story and forcefully present your defenses.

Contact the Bloom Firm today if you or a loved one is facing a possible conviction for a felony. Your rights and freedom deserve to be defended.

 

Federal Criminal Defense

There are criminal offenses under state and federal law. State laws cover a greater number of potential crimes but crimes under federal law carry with them more severe sentences and the agencies that enforce them have more resources. If you or a loved one is being investigated for a federal criminal offense, or has been arrested for one, it’s critical that you get legal help to protect your rights and freedom.

There are relatively limited circumstances where the federal government gets involved in enforcing criminal law but its role is expanding.

  • Criminal offenses must be specifically defined in the federal criminal code.
  • To have jurisdiction over a case the alleged crime must involve the federal government or some instrumentality of interstate commerce.
  • Federal courts have broadly interpreted what constitutes interstate commerce. This has expanded the number of federal prosecutions normally only seen in state court.
  • Under the U.S. Constitution Congress can regulate, including criminalize, aspects of interstate commerce. This is the basis for almost all federal criminal laws including white collar crime, firearms offenses, drug trafficking and sex offenses.

How federal criminal cases are investigated and prosecuted is very different than similar criminal cases in state court.

  • Federal law enforcement agencies are generally better funded and have more experienced agents and investigators.
  • Federal prosecutors are normally very experienced and have more resources than their state counterparts.
  • Judges presiding over federal criminal cases have lifelong appointments, may have decades of experience with criminal cases and their caseloads may not be as heavy as in state court.

For the most part those convicted of federal crimes face stiffer sentences than if they were convicted of similar crimes under state law, especially in the areas of drug trafficking and conspiracy, child pornography and other sexual offenses.  Though there may be future reforms on how those convicted of nonviolent federal crimes are treated, for now the mandatory minimum penalties and sentencing guidelines normally result in those being convicted serving long prison sentences.

Given the tougher sentences that come with federal crimes and the greater resources available to investigate and prosecute them, those facing a federal criminal investigation or prosecution should contact the Bloom Firm as soon as possible. If your liberty, your future and your ability to support your family are at risk, you need our team of experienced federal criminal defense attorneys who will investigate your case and put together the most effective defense possible.