Can a Felony be reduced to a Misdemeanor?

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According to California law, some crimes can be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies, under certain circumstances. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you argue your case.

Under California Penal Code, when a crime is punishable, it is a misdemeanor if –

  • the judge sentences the person charged with a crime of a punishment other than imprisonment in county jail or state prison
  • the person charged with a crime is committed to the Division of Juvenile Justice by the court and their offense is designated as a misdemeanor
  • the person charged with a crime is granted probation by the court, and isn’t sentenced to prison or jail
  • the prosecuting attorney files a complaint with the court stating that the offense should be classified as a misdemeanor
  • the magistrate determines that the offense should be classified as a misdemeanor

If you have been charged with a crime in California, it is best to hire a legal expert. Your criminal defense lawyer understands what is needed to secure the verdict you need and the knowledge and experience you need to get a favorable verdict.

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Kerry L. Armstrong


Attorney Kerry Armstrong opened up his law firm in June 2007. Mr. Armstrong attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, and received his B.S. from Middle Tennessee State University. Kerry L. Armstrong became certified by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization for criminal law in August 2020, making him one of the few criminal defense attorneys with a criminal law legal specialization certificate in San Diego County.  Between 2014 – 2019, Mr. Armstrong was selected for inclusion in the California Super Lawyers list, an honor only awarded to 5% of the nation’s attorneys.

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