A Recent Case Win–DA Reduces Felony Burglary Charge to Misdemeanor Level Offense

By Bo Kalabus
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The client was arrested for burglary of a building along with another person. This was a very serious situation considering the client was young and now staring at a criminal charge that carries State Jail Felony penalties that are a minimum of 180 days to up to 2 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine. Plus my client was also staring at all the baggage that comes with a felony conviction–no right to vote, no right to carry firearms, no right to buy ammunition, etc. There was no maneuvering room either considering the facts of the case pretty much had my client in a box. This is a pretty heavy burden for anyone to carry, much less a young person that may have suffered from a lapse of judgment due to addiction rather than being destructive in nature.

After several weeks of hard work on the case to gain some leverage to negotiate with the State, the prosecutor agreed to lower the charges from the felony level to the misdemeanor offense level. This dropped the potential punishment range down to 0 days to 1 year in jail and $0 up to a $4,000 fine from which the client received no fine and deferred adjudication, so no final conviction for the offense if the client completes probation. Better yet, the client will not have her rights cut in half and have to deal with the stigma of being a convicted felon.

As you can expect, my client was relieved and very pleased with the result-and also a little wiser from an experience that could have turned out to be much worse.

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