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Serious Felonies

Contra Costa County Serious Felony Lawyer

What is a Serious Felony Offense?

Any felony offense is serious but the term serious felony relates to offenses with enhanced terms and consequences upon conviction.  These offenses are specifically defined in the California Penal Code.

Penal Code Sections that Define Serious Felonies:

As specified in Penal Code (PC) Section 1192.7(c) and PC Section 1192.8 a serious felony is one of the offenses listed below.  

Risks of Serious Felony Convictions:

A serious felony conviction puts you at risk for a long prison term. The collateral consequences are also severe. These felonies can trigger a loss of guns rights, loss of your right to vote and the loss of the right to hold a professional license. They may count as strikes, prison priors, negatively impact your immigration status and permanently impair your ability to be employed.

Our Experience Defending Felony Cases:

Our criminal defense lawyers defend against serious felony offenses. We practice locally and statewide. We defend criminal cases in Walnut Creek, Martinez, Contra Costa County which are near our Lafayette office but we regularly appear and courts throughout California.

List of Serious Felonies:

The list of serious felony offenses are:

(1) Murder or voluntary manslaughter;

(2) mayhem;

(3) rape;

(4) sodomy by force, violence, duress, menace, threat of great bodily injury, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the victim or another person;

(5) oral copulation by force, violence, duress, menace, threat of great bodily injury, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the victim or another person;

(6) lewd or lascivious act on a child under 14 years of age;

(7) any felony punishable by death or imprisonment in the state prison for life;

(8) any felony in which the defendant personally inflicts great bodily injury on any person, other than an accomplice, or any felony in which the defendant personally uses a firearm;

(9) attempted murder; (See Jury Instruction for Attempted 187)

(10) assault with intent to commit rape or robbery; (11) assault with a deadly weapon or instrument on a peace officer; 

(12) assault by a life prisoner on a non-inmate;

(13) assault with a deadly weapon by an inmate;

(14) arson;

(15) exploding a destructive device or any explosive with intent to injure;

(16) exploding a destructive device or any explosive causing bodily injury, great bodily injury, or mayhem;

(17) exploding a destructive device or any explosive with intent to murder;

(18) any burglary of the first degree;

(19) robbery or bank robbery;

(20) kidnapping;

(21) holding of a hostage by a person confined in a state prison;

(22) attempt to commit a felony punishable by death or imprisonment in the state prison for life;

(23) any felony in which the defendant personally used a dangerous or deadly weapon;

(24) selling, furnishing, administering, giving, or offering to sell, furnish, administer, or give to a minor any heroin, cocaine, phencyclidine (PCP), or any methamphetamine-related drug, as described in paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 11055 of the Health and Safety Code, or any of the precursors of methamphetamines, as described in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (f) of Section 11055 or subdivision (a) of Section 11100 of the Health and Safety Code;

(25) any violation of subdivision (a) of Section 289 where the act is accomplished against the victim’s will by force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the victim or another person;

(26) grand theft involving a firearm;

(27) carjacking;

(28) any felony offense, which would also constitute a felony violation of Section 186.22;

(29) assault with the intent to commit mayhem, rape, sodomy, or oral copulation, in violation of Section 220;

(30) throwing acid or flammable substances, in violation of Section 244;

(31) assault with a deadly weapon, firearm, machinegun, assault weapon, or semiautomatic firearm or assault on a peace officer or firefighter, in violation of Section 245;

(32) assault with a deadly weapon against a public transit employee, custodial officer, or school employee, in violation of Sections 245.2, 245.3, or 245.5;

(33) discharge of a firearm at an inhabited dwelling, vehicle, or aircraft, in violation of Section 246;

(34) commission of rape or sexual penetration in concert with another person, in violation of Section 264.1;

(35) continuous sexual abuse of a child, in violation of Section 288.5;

(36) shooting from a vehicle, in violation of subdivision (c) or (d) of Section 12034;

(37) intimidation of victims or witnesses, in violation of Section 136.1;

(38) criminal threats, in violation of Section 422;

(39) any attempt to commit a crime (serious crime) other than an assault;

(40)  Section 12022.53;  (Gun Enhancement)

(41) Weapons of Mass Destruction violation relating to sections (b) or (c) of Section 11418;

(42) any conspiracy to commit an offense on this list of serious felonies.

Learn more: The Criminal Process Explained by the California Courts with Comments by Daniel Horowitz (lawyersinlafayette.com)

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If you or a loved one is facing allegations of violent crimes in Lafayette, Contra Costa County, or other areas in California, do not hesitate to reach out to the Law Office of Daniel Horowitz. Skilled legal representation may be able to help you avoid facing time in prison, hefty fines, and a permanent criminal record. Our experienced attorneys may be able to provide you with legal defense and tailored strategies to secure the best possible outcome.

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Tailored Strategies for Every Case

Facing allegations of violent crimes is a deeply challenging experience, both emotionally and legally. Even before a trial begins, allegations alone can have profound and far-reaching consequences for both the accused and the victim. This is why the experience of a skilled attorney is invaluable when it comes to protecting and defending against these accusations.   

Consider our work defending singer/songwriter Oksana Grigorieva against actor Mel Gibson.  He assaulted her but the LA sheriff investigators favored Mel Gibson and she faced criminal extortion charges when she sough to recover damages for her injuries.  Gibson almost prevailed but our office prevented extortion charges from being filed against Okasana.  Charges were filed against Mel Gibson and he was convicted!  You can read more about extortion charges in this context in this blog written by Daniel Horowitz on Extortion.

Recognizing the uniqueness of each violent crime case, our attorneys take a tailored approach when it comes to defense. They meticulously assess the details, identify weaknesses in the prosecution's case, and craft a strategic defense designed to minimize consequences and secure the best possible outcome for our clients. Whether you are facing allegations of assault, robbery, homicide, or any other violent offense, we have the knowledge and experience to provide you with a comprehensive and personalized defense.

Certified Criminal Defense Specialist 

Daniel Horowitz is a certified criminal defense specialist.  On high stakes cases Daniel works with Dan Russo and Carmela Caramagno who are also certified criminal defense specialists.  This title is not self created.  It is a designation of criminal defense achievement issued by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.  There are thousands of criminal defense lawyers, thousands of federal defense lawyers but only several hundred State Bar certified specialists. 

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