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Misdemeanor Lawyer in Santa Rosa

Contact Our Experienced Defense Attorney For Counsel About Your Misdemeanor Charges

If you are facing misdemeanor charges, I urge you to contact me at The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia. I have over 20 years of experience representing clients against misdemeanor and felony charges, and have handled numerous jury trials throughout my career. In an effort to provide immediate assistance to those facing criminal charges, I gladly offer phone consultations over the phone so you can get some immediate insight and direction into your case.

Three Types of Criminal Cases

In California, there are three types of criminal cases: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Infractions are minor violations; for example, many traffic violations are infractions. Infractions are generally punishable by a fine and there is no jail time.

A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by:

  • 6 or 12 months in a county jail, and/or
  • A $1,000 fine (imposed for most misdemeanors)

Common examples of misdemeanors include:

Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

With any misdemeanor or felony case, you should engage an aggressive Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney. While you have the right to represent yourself in criminal court, the consequences of a criminal conviction can be life-altering and you can wind up incarcerated and with a permanent criminal record. It is always best to have an experienced defense lawyer represent you so that your best interests are protected.

Criminal convictions can prevent people from holding many types of jobs. Only an experienced Santa Rosa criminal attorney will know how the justice system works, which options are available to you, and what the likely outcomes are for each different option.

Were you arrested for a misdemeanor offense? Contact my Santa Rosa law firm today to arrange a phone consultation!

Commonly Asked Questions

Can traffic violations be classified as misdemeanors in California?

In California, traffic violations are typically classified as infractions, which are minor violations punishable by a fine without jail time. However, certain traffic-related offenses, such as DUI or driving with a suspended license, can be classified as misdemeanors, carrying more severe penalties including jail time.

Why is it important to have a defense attorney for misdemeanor charges?

Having a defense attorney is vital when facing misdemeanor charges because the legal system can be complex and intimidating. An experienced attorney from Santa Rosa will understand the intricacies of the law, the available options for your defense, and the potential outcomes. They will work to ensure your rights are protected and to minimize the impact of the charges on your life.

Have Questions?

Criminal Defense FAQ
  • I am innocent—do I still need a criminal defense attorney?
    Yes! If you have been arrested there is a chance you may be convicted, even if you truly did nothing wrong. Having a Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia on your side can aggressively fight to protect you from false charges. An experienced attorney can make all the difference when standing up for you so your choice of representation is a very important one.
  • What is the difference between probation and parole?
    Parole takes place after a person has spent time in prison, whereas probation may be used as an actual alternative criminal sentence. Parole is usually used to monitor a person who has been released from jail. Probation is a criminal sentence for those convicted of lesser offenses.
  • How does the prosecution determine the charges I will face?
    The prosecution will look to convict you on charges they feel have sufficient evidence for a conviction. A case will typically be dropped if the prosecution feels that there is not enough evidence to reach a conviction. What constitutes enough evidence to the prosecutor is up to their discretion.
  • What is a grand jury?
    Grand juries are made up of individuals used to determine if enough evidence exists in order to take a case to trial. A grand jury will use witness testimony, documentation, and other evidence in reaching its determination. The grand jury will decide whether the case will go to trial in the end.
  • Will I be arrested for refusing to give police a statement?
    Exercising you right to silence cannot be used against you. You are protected from testifying against yourself by the Fifth Amendment. If a police officer is trying to intimidate you into giving a statement, get in touch with a criminal defense attorney immediately.


Read What My Clients Have Said About My Counsel
    “It felt like we had an advocate on our side and that support made all the difference.”

    When my son was unexpectedly arrested this year, I was fortunate to receive a recommendation to Mr. Bisbiglia. He readily agreed to meet my son, listen to his story, and represent him. Mr. Bisbiglia was professional in every encounter throughout the process, whether in his office or in the courtroom. He was conscious of the sensitivity of the subject matter and carefully weighed decisions based on his knowledge of the criminal justice system in conjunction with my son’s state of being. His expertise was invaluable. Mr. Bisbiglia’s poise in the court room comes from years of experience, knowledge, and rapport with parties involved. He helped us navigate what was a foreign process to us. I was especially impressed by the compassion he showed towards my son, treating him with dignity and respect. It felt like we had an advocate on our side and that support made all the difference. Mr. Bisbiglia was communicative and clearly committed to the best possible outcome for my son’s future. I would highly recommend him as a qualified, dedicated, and caring criminal defense attorney.

    “I highly recommend the Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia to any persons looking for a confident defense attorney.”
    “He is genuine and passionate about what he does and if you visit his official website you’ll see there’s a reason why he chose the profession he’s in. During my case, he was forthcoming and open about my options and made sure I was aware ”
    - Gilbert S.
    “Mr. Joe Bisbiglia is an outstanding professional.”
    “From the moment I contacted his office, I received timely, courteous and personal replies concerning every aspect of my DUI case. I was made to feel like a unique individual, not a faceless entity or case number.”
    - Joanna M.
    “I would recommend him to anyone if you are unfortunate to get a DUI.”
    “I got DUI in Santa Rosa and was recommended to use Joe. He gave a Flat fee of 2000 which was awesome compared to other lawyers who said a variable between 3500-5000.”
    - Rebecca K.
    “I have to shout to the world how grateful me and my family are to Joe Bisbiglia.”
    “Feeling hopeless and lost, Joe brought comfort for me and my family throughout our process of our business relationship. He kept us informed and was a beyond exemplary. Joe really knows his craft and also has a heart to boot.”
    - Gwenell S.
    “Mr. Bisbiglia is by far the best defense lawyer to work with in Sonoma County.”
    “His professionalism in representing me in my own personal case helped me during a time of turmoil and confusion. He truly cares about what he does and was dedicated to making sure any and all questions I had were answered in a timely manner.”
    - Ishii A.
    “BEST DEFENSE Lawyer in Sonoma county!!”
    “Joe works miracles literally my fiancé was for sure on his way to prison and he got him out of a prison twice!”
    - Ashley O.
    “His number one concern was that I was okay.”
    “I can’t express how grateful I am for Joe and his knowledge on domestic violence cases and restraining orders. Joe was always free to discuss any matters of the case I needed, and didn’t nickel and dime me through the process.”
    - Ashlee D.