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A wobbler charge is legal term frequently used in the state of California to describe a criminal charge that can either be a criminal felony or a criminal misdemeanor. The decision would depend upon the specific circumstances and facts of the case, as well as the criminal history of the defendant.
Only certain crimes can carry a wobbler charge and it is up to the court to decide if the defendant will be charged with a felony or misdemeanor. If the circumstances of the case were severe and/or if the defendant has a prior criminal history, punishment would be more severe and thus lead to a felony charge. In wobbler charge cases, if the defendant is charged with a felony, it may be possible to petition the court in the future to reconsider and drop the charge down to a misdemeanor.
Being accused of a crime that constitutes a wobbler charge in California can be intimidating as the defendant awaits the final decision. The difference between punishments and penalties of a felony versus a misdemeanor can be huge. The court's decision can mean life-changing consequences for the defendant. Depending on the crime, a felony conviction can result in long prison sentences, tens of thousands of dollars in fines and restitution, a severe criminal record, a strike on one's record, or even a life sentence. A misdemeanor is by far a less severe conviction and can result in minimal penalties and can stay off of your record.
If you are facing a wobbler charge, it is extremely important to seek the council of an attorney. Because the charge could go either way towards a felony or misdemeanor, it is key to have an attorney fight for your rights, present your case, and make sure you get the lesser of the two convictions. A skilled lawyer that is well versed in wobbler charges will know what to do to get you best possible outcome and the least penalties possible.
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