Los Angeles Committing a Felony While on Bail Lawyers
Committing a felony while on bail is a serious offense, and developing a strong defense requires the hand of a seasoned attorney. At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, we specialize in defending individuals facing this unique challenge, and we are committed to safeguarding your rights in the heart of Los Angeles.
Our dedication to achieving justice extends to representing those accused of committing a felony while on bail. With a track record of success and a team of accomplished attorneys, we are here to provide you with the legal support and dedicated defense you deserve. Alan Jackson, one of our esteemed leading attorneys, is a former prosecutor and Assistant Head Deputy for the Major Crimes Division at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Jackson brings a deep understanding of criminal law and courtroom procedures. Experience like this is crucial when formulating defense strategies, cross-examining witnesses, and presenting a compelling case in court.
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Committing a felony while on bail, defined under California Penal Code Section 12022.1, is a serious legal matter. It involves the commission of a felony offense while already released on bail for a separate criminal case. This offense carries significant legal implications and penalties, making it imperative to understand its gravity.
Section 12022.1 deals with situations where a person commits a felony while they’re out of custody for another felony (the “primary offense”). This law provides the following when it comes to committing a felony while on bail:
- Primary offense: This is the first felony someone was charged with. It includes situations where a person is out of custody before their judgment becomes final or when they’re granted a temporary release.
- Secondary offense: This is a new felony someone commits while they’re out for the primary offense.
- Penalty enhancement: If someone gets arrested for a secondary offense while they’re out for a primary offense, they can face an additional two years in prison on top of their sentence for the secondary offense. This extra time is added to any other sentence they receive.
- Legal process: The penalty enhancement must be mentioned in the charges for the secondary offense or in the primary offense’s charges if there’s already a conviction for the secondary offense. It must also be proven according to the law.
- Imposing the penalty: If someone is sentenced for the secondary offense before the primary offense, the penalty enhancement is delayed until the primary offense is sentenced. If the primary offense is acquitted, the penalty enhancement is permanent.
- State prison: If someone is sentenced to state prison for the primary offense and gets convicted of a felony for the secondary offense, the sentences are served one after the other in state prison.
- Probation: If someone gets probation for the primary offense and is convicted of a felony for the secondary offense, their sentence for the secondary offense is increased as per the penalty enhancement.
- Appeals: If the conviction for the primary offense is reversed on appeal, the penalty enhancement is put on hold until a new trial. If the person isn’t in custody for the secondary offense when they’re reconvicted for the primary offense, the court may choose to impose the enhancement and send them back to custody.
Challenging allegations of committing a felony while on bail requires strategic defense tactics. Some common defense strategies include:
- Establishing innocence: Providing evidence that demonstrates you did not commit the alleged felony offense.
- Challenging bail conditions: Examining whether the bail conditions were excessively restrictive or unreasonable.
- Proving procedural errors: Identifying any mistakes or irregularities in the legal process that may have led to the charges.
Seeking a knowledgeable Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer is crucial to protect your rights and build a strong defense tailored to your unique circumstances.
At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, we have a long-standing reputation for successfully defending individuals facing allegations of committing a felony while on bail. Our Los Angeles felony crime attorneys are well-versed in the intricacies of California law and are dedicated to safeguarding your rights during criminal proceedings.
Our commitment to securing the best possible outcome remains unwavering, ensuring your rights are protected throughout the legal process. Call Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP today at (213) 688-0460 to schedule your free case review today.
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