Multiple Charges for One Crime in California

By: Wallin & Klarich

One Crime but Many Charges? What an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Can Do for You

How can the government charge many crimes when it’s only one event? It’s done everyday. They will say its 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 committed California burglary, 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 don’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 long list of charges and count the maximum penalty for each. You could be told that’s what you’re facing, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. You need a competent, experienced criminal defense lawyer in CA who gives correct answers. Call Wallin and Klarich at 1-888-280-6839 for your legal assistance. Also, visit us online at www.wklaw.com to learn more about your case and what can be done.

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