Felonies

Orange County Felony Lawyer

Irvine & Laguna Hills Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a felony, or are under investigation for one in the Orange County area, you will need a competent and skilled criminal defense attorney. This is especially important if you have any prior convictions. California's "three strikes law," passed in 1994 could cause you to be facing 25 years to life in prison. If you have one prior strike, you will get double the normal sentence and serve 80% of that time rather than 35% or 50%. Your attorney must be skilled enough to have "strikes" removed from your case. Mr. McDonald has had great success in this regard. Felonies, unlike misdemeanors, result in permanent loss of civil rights, such as the right ever to carry or possess a weapon again. Felony convictions destroy your chance at finding or keeping your job, and will result in your license to practice nursing, real estate, law or medicine being suspended or revoked. Mr. McDonald works with the administrative offices that threaten to take your license and we usually can save it.

It is highly recommended that you contact an Orange County felony defense attorney at the firm to find out what is the best way to defend your case. He has been practicing since 1990 and has a criminal defense track record of proven results with experience as a Special Prosecutor. With his experience on both sides of courtroom, Mr. McDonald can provide the resources, skills, and legal know how needed to effectively defend any felony charge.

Felony Cases Handled

The firm provides criminal defense for all felonies, including

  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Robbery
  • Rape
  • Molestation
  • Domestic Violence
  • Residential Burglary
  • Home invasion
  • Three strikes
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Assault with great bodily injury
  • Elder abuse
  • Child abuse or endangerment
  • Witness intimidation
  • Solicitation of murder
  • Conspiracy
  • Drug Possession & Manufacturing
  • Federal Felonies

If you have been previously convicted for committing two serious felonies (strikes) and you are convicted for committing a third offense, possibly a misdemeanor, you may be sentenced to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison and a maximum of life.

It is important that you are aware that the courts will include convictions prior to the passing of the "three strike" law, convictions from other states, federal convictions and, in some cases, juvenile convictions when they add up the "strikes" against you. The most frightening possibility is that the court has the power to elevate a misdemeanor charge, such as petty theft, to a "strike" charge if you have prior felony convictions.

You must seek the advice of an experienced Irvine criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with any crime no matter how minor you think it is. Your only defense against the California three strike law may rest on your attorney's ability to change the present and the past.

An experienced criminal defense lawyer may be able to successfully argue that your prior felonies were not, in fact, "strikes". Your attorney may also convince the courts that your current charges are unwarranted.

Consult with a Laguna Hills & Irvine Criminal Defense Lawyer

It is important that you consult with the Orange County criminal defense lawyer at our firm as soon as possible. When you meet with Mr. McDonald, be completely honest with your version of events. Tell him about any past criminal record or witness that might help or hurt your case. Remember that you are the most important part of your defense team. Mr. McDonald will spend time during your consultation to learn enough about your case to give you a direction and a likely defense plan.

Charged with a felony? Contact an Orange County criminal defense attorney to discuss your case.