Criminal Offenses

When you’re charged with a crime, there’s a lot at stake. Potential consequences include a loss of freedom, costly fines, loss of employment and the adverse effects of a permanent criminal record. From misdemeanors to felonies, the Law Office of Patrick Coughlin is an experienced, aggressive criminal defense attorney who will fight for your rights to attain the best outcome. Attorney Patrick Coughlin has a track record of success and has attained dismissal of charges, reduced charges, and parole instead of prison, reduced sentencing and appeals on behalf of his clients.

Misdemeanors: Attorney Patrick Coughlin

In California, standard misdemeanors come with a maximum of $1,000 fine and a maximum of one year in prison. Common standard misdemeanors include being drunk in public and petty theft. However, aggravated misdemeanors, such as second DUIs and domestic battery come with a heftier fine of $2,000. Generally, a misdemeanor violation will trigger a probation sentence, along with house arrest, community service, participation in counseling and paying victim restitution. Not only does attorney Patrick Coughlin help clients fight misdemeanor charges, he offers services for post-conviction relief.

Felonies: The Law Office of Patrick Coughlin

Felony charges in California and much more serious than misdemeanors and be a frightening experience, as California is a capital punishment state. Felony crimes include murder, rape, robbery, burglary and arson. Keep in mind that some misdemeanors can be elevated to felonies. These types of crimes as known as wobblers and include criminal street gang activity, certain drug offenses, fraud, embezzlement and much more. California also has a “Three Strikes Law.” Three strikes and you’re out. Repeat offenders are automatically sentenced to 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

If you’re charged with a felony, you definitely need a good criminal defense attorney. Attorney Patrick Coughlin does a thorough investigation of the allegations and interviews witnesses, talks with law enforcement, does a crime scene investigation, and evaluates ballistic reports, and reviews DNA evidence and much more. With an attention to detail, he develops a strong defense strategy for the best outcome.

If you should decide not to take a plea, he is an aggressive litigator before the judge and jury. Let his skills and experience work for you. He’s committed to protecting your rights.

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