Reno Felony Lawyer

When convicted of a felony, you face more than just potential prison time. In a child custody dispute, for example, the judge could limit or rescind your contact with your child, depending on whether the felony was violent. Or you could lose your job and rental housing. Banks may not loan you money; if you were eligible for federal student loans before the conviction, you could lose that, too. You may lose your right to vote or own a firearm.

The best way to prevent these life-changing consequences and protect your freedom is to enlist the help of Reno felony lawyer John Arrascada. You are entitled to competent representation. John Arrascada is a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer and knows how to build an effective defense, reach favorable resolutions, and fight to uphold your rights, no matter what charges you face.

Types of Felony Charges in Reno

Felonies are a class of crimes punishable by at least one year in state prison. Nevada Revised Statutes § 193.130 details five categories of felonies:

  • Class A felonies, including murder and sex crimes
  • Class B felonies, including home invasion and robbery
  • Class C felonies, including battery with extensive harm and domestic violence by strangulation
  • Class D felonies, including manslaughter
  • Class E felonies, including possession of more than an ounce of marijuana

Attempting to commit a felony can also be a felony, although the prosecution can choose whether to charge attempts at Class C, D, or E crimes as felonies or gross misdemeanors.

Some charges can also escalate to felonies, depending on the circumstances. For example, a first driving under the influence (DUI) charge is a misdemeanor, but a third is a felony. Mr. Arrascada carefully evaluates each felony case to present a strong defense, whether when negotiating with the prosecution for a lesser charge or a dismissal or presenting to a jury.

Punishments for Felony Convictions

Felony punishments are harsh. Class A felonies can lead to a sentence of life in prison, with or without parole. Class B felonies carry prison terms of one to 20 years, plus fines. Even Class E felonies, such as possession of a controlled substance, can come with one to four years of prison time and up to $5,000 in fines. When the stakes are this high, those accused of felony crimes in Reno need dedicated representation from an experienced and aggressive lawyer. Mr. Arrascada has decades of experience helping accused people protect their rights and defend against felony penalties.

Defenses for Felony Charges

All criminal charges require the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed the crime. A Reno felony attorney works to plant that seed of doubt in the minds of the jury, who must acquit unless they are certain of the defendant’s guilt.

Mr. Arrascada will investigate and explore every legal and factual defense and develop mitigating circumstance to build a solid defense for trial or a favorable resolution. The accused may have acted in self-defense; did not have the intent necessary to commit the crime; or is the victim of mistaken identity. Police may have conducted an unconstitutional arrest or tainted the evidence by mishandling it. John Arrascada has worked in the criminal justice system for over 30 years to secure the best possible results for those accused of felonies in Northern Nevada.

Reach Out to a Reno Felony Attorney for Your Defense

Your rights, freedom, and future are at stake after an arrest for a felony. Do not take any risks by trying to tackle your case yourself or working with an unqualified attorney.

John Arrascada will fight tirelessly to minimize the penalties you face and help you move toward your goals. Mr. Arrascada is dedicated to getting the best outcome for your charges. Call us today to learn how we can put our experience to work for you.