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Welcome to The Foxx Firm, a premier criminal defense law firm serving Altadena, Pasadena, and the broader Los Angeles County area. Specializing in the defense of felony charges, our team of highly experienced criminal lawyers and defense attorneys is dedicated to providing aggressive legal representation for individuals facing serious criminal allegations. Whether you’re dealing with accusations of domestic violence, drug possession, DUI, or any other felony criminal offense, our firm is equipped with the knowledge and expertise to navigate the complexities of criminal law. 

At The Foxx Firm, we understand the profound impact a felony conviction can have on your life, including the potential for a criminal record, loss of freedoms, and significant legal repercussions. That’s why we’re committed to defending our clients with a comprehensive defense strategy, aimed at achieving the best possible outcome for each case we undertake. Our approach combines thorough legal advice, extensive courtroom experience, and a deep understanding of both state and federal court systems, ensuring our clients receive top-rated legal representation tailored to their unique situation.

In the County of Los Angeles, a felony is classified as a serious criminal offense that carries with it the possibility of severe penalties, including imprisonment in state prison, significant fines, and long-term impacts on one’s legal and personal life. Felonies encompass a wide range of criminal acts that are considered more severe than misdemeanors or infractions, reflecting their grave nature and the potential harm they cause to individuals and the community. Understanding what constitutes a felony is crucial for anyone facing criminal charges or seeking to understand the criminal justice system.

Here are the main charges classified as felonies in Los Angeles County:

  • Violent Crimes: These include murder, manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, kidnapping, and certain types of domestic violence. Violent crimes are taken very seriously due to the direct harm they pose to individuals.
  • Sex Crimes: Charges such as rape, aggravated sexual assault, child pornography, and online solicitation fall under this category. Sex crimes carry not only heavy legal penalties but also mandatory registration as a sex offender in many cases.
  • Drug Crimes: This encompasses manufacturing, distribution, trafficking, and possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. Drug crimes can range from state-level offenses to federal crimes, depending on the substance and amount involved.
  • White Collar Crimes: These include fraud (such as Medicare fraud and credit card fraud), embezzlement, money laundering, and other financial crimes. White collar crimes may involve complex legal issues and can be prosecuted at the state or federal level.
  • Property Crimes: Felony property crimes include burglary, arson, grand theft, and auto theft. The severity of the charge often depends on the value of the property involved and whether violent or threatening behavior was used during the commission of the crime.
  • DUI Offenses: While not all DUI offenses are felonies, charges escalate to felony status in cases of multiple offenses, driving while intoxicated resulting in injury, or intoxication manslaughter.
  • Weapons Charges: Illegal possession, sale, distribution, or manufacturing of firearms and other weapons can lead to felony charges, especially if the individual has a prior criminal record or the weapon is used in the commission of a crime.

 

The Foxx Firm is dedicated to providing experienced criminal defense for individuals facing these and other felony charges in Los Angeles County. Our team of skilled defense attorneys and former prosecutors understands the intricacies of the legal system and works tirelessly to advocate for our clients’ rights, aiming to mitigate the consequences of felony charges and pursue the most favorable outcomes possible.

 

What is the Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?

Understanding the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is crucial for anyone navigating the legal system, as it determines the severity of the charges, the potential penalties, and the impact on one’s future. Both terms classify levels of criminal offenses under the law, but they are distinct in several key aspects:

Severity of the Crime: The primary difference lies in the severity of the offense. Felonies are considered more serious crimes, often involving significant harm to individuals or the state, and carry heavier penalties. Misdemeanors are less severe offenses, with correspondingly lighter consequences.

Penalties and Sentencing: Felony convictions result in more severe penalties, including longer prison sentences, larger fines, and more significant long-term consequences, such as loss of voting rights or firearm possession eligibility. Misdemeanors typically result in shorter jail sentences, if any, smaller fines, and less impact on civil liberties. Felony sentences are served in state or federal prisons, while misdemeanor sentences, if applicable, are usually served in county or local jails.

Examples of Offenses:

  • Felonies: Include violent crimes (e.g., murder, aggravated assault), sex crimes (e.g., rape, child pornography), major theft and property crimes (e.g., burglary, arson), significant drug offenses (e.g., trafficking, manufacturing), and white-collar crimes (e.g., embezzlement, large-scale fraud).
  • Misdemeanors: Encompass lesser offenses such as petty theft, simple assault, minor drug possession for personal use, traffic violations (excluding serious cases like DUIs causing injury), and public intoxication.

 

Legal Representation and Court Proceedings: The complexity of felony cases often requires the expertise of experienced criminal defense attorneys familiar with navigating the intricacies of the federal and state court systems. Misdemeanor cases, while still benefiting from legal representation, typically involve less complex legal proceedings. Defendants in both types of cases have the right to an attorney, and if they cannot afford one, a public defender may be appointed.

Impact on Criminal Record: Both felonies and misdemeanors will appear on criminal background checks, but felonies are more damaging in the long term, potentially affecting employment, housing, and educational opportunities. Some misdemeanors can be expunged from a person’s record under certain conditions, which can alleviate long-term consequences.

The Foxx Firm, with its team of experienced criminal defense lawyers and attorneys, provides expert legal representation for clients facing both misdemeanor and felony charges. Our deep understanding of the criminal justice system, combined with a strategic defense approach, aims to protect our clients’ rights and achieve the best possible outcomes, whether negotiating plea bargains, pursuing case dismissals, or defending clients in court.

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What is California's Three Strikes Rule?

California’s Three Strikes Rule is a significant piece of legislation aimed at deterring repeat offenders from committing serious crimes. Enacted in the 1990s, this law imposes harsher penalties on individuals convicted of three or more serious criminal offenses, reflecting a “three strikes and you’re out” approach to criminal justice. Here’s an overview of how the rule works and its implications:

The Basics of the Three Strikes Rule:

  • First Strike: A conviction for any felony in California serves as a “strike” on the defendant’s record. However, to qualify as a second or third strike, the subsequent convictions must be for serious or violent felonies as defined by the state law.
  • Second Strike: If a person with a previous serious or violent felony conviction is later convicted of any new felony, the sentence for the second felony is automatically doubled. The individual also faces stricter parole conditions.
  • Third Strike: Upon conviction of a third serious or violent felony, the defendant faces a mandatory sentence of 25 years to life in prison, regardless of the nature of the third felony.

Serious and Violent Felonies: These include but are not limited to murder, rape, robbery, certain drug crimes, grand theft involving firearms, arson, kidnapping, and certain forms of assault. The law aims to target those who commit these severe crimes repeatedly.

Impact and Controversies: The Three Strikes Rule has been both praised for its potential deterrent effect on habitual offenders and criticized for its harsh penalties, which some argue contribute to over-incarceration and disproportionately affect non-violent offenders. In response to such criticisms, California voters have passed amendments to the law, allowing for more discretion in sentencing and making it so that the third strike must be a serious or violent felony for the 25-year-to-life sentence to apply.

Legal Representation and Defense Strategies: Navigating the complexities of the Three Strikes Rule requires the expertise of experienced criminal defense attorneys. Strategies may include challenging the classification of prior convictions as strikes, negotiating plea bargains to lesser charges that do not qualify as strikes, or seeking to have strikes removed from a defendant’s record when possible.

The Foxx Firm is well-versed in the intricacies of California’s Three Strikes Rule and committed to providing aggressive legal representation for clients facing charges under this law. Our team of seasoned criminal defense lawyers and defense attorneys understand the profound implications of strike offenses and work tirelessly to defend our clients’ rights, aiming to minimize the impact of this stringent legislation on their lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you're arrested for a felony, it's crucial to exercise your right to remain silent and request an attorney immediately. Anything you say can be used against you in court. Contacting a reputable criminal defense law firm like The Foxx Firm can provide you with experienced legal representation to navigate the complexities of your case.

Bail is a process that allows an arrested individual to be released from jail while awaiting trial, in exchange for money or property that the court holds until all court proceedings and trials are complete. The amount of bail for felony charges varies widely depending on the nature of the crime, prior criminal history, and perceived flight risk. Your attorney can negotiate bail terms and work towards securing your release. Contact a bail bonds company whenever you are in need.

Yes, in some cases, a felony charge can be reduced to a misdemeanor, a process known as a "wobbler" in California law. This typically depends on the specifics of the crime, your criminal history, and the circumstances surrounding the case. An experienced criminal defense attorney can argue for a reduction based on these factors.

A felony conviction can have severe long-term consequences, including loss of the right to vote, inability to possess firearms, difficulties in finding employment, and challenges in securing housing. Additionally, a felony record can impact professional licensing, educational opportunities, and personal relationships.

The Foxx Firm brings a wealth of experience in defending clients against felony charges. Our approach includes thorough investigation, strategic defense planning, negotiation for charge reductions or dismissals, and aggressive representation in court. With our deep understanding of California's criminal justice system, we aim to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients, focusing on minimizing the impact of felony charges on their lives.