California Multiple Criminal Charges for One Crime

By: Wallin & Klarich

One Crime but Many Charges? Why You Must Have A Criminal Defense Lawyer

How can the government charge many crimes when it’s only one event? It’s done everyday. They will say it’s different theories of the same event. An example is the recent California case of People v. Kevefrick.

The defendant in that case forged documents to take the victims money. She also did burglaries, that is she entered buildings to complete the forgery and thefts. On this theory she could be found guilty on three charges, for each time she went into a building, forged a document, and took money. There is good news. Three charges doesn’t mean three times the penalty. The defendant could only be punished for one of the three offenses. That’s because she only had a single criminal intent – to take the victims money.

Some lawyers go down a list of charges and count the maximum penalty for each. You could be told that’s what your facing. It’s a lot more complicated than that. You need a competent, experienced California criminal defense lawyer who gives correct answers.

Wallin & Klarich has over 30 years of experience and is here to give you the help you need in resolving your criminal case. We have attorneys standing by 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Just call 1-888-280-6839 to speak to an attorney and find out how Wallin & Klarich can help you. Also visit us online at

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