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What is a Wobbler in Criminal Cases?

January 28, 2022

“Wobblers” in Criminal Cases

In California, a “wobbler” (also known as an alternative felony/misdemeanor offense) is a crime that can be punished as either a felony or a misdemeanor. The prosecutor is the one who gets to decide whether to charge the alleged crime as a felony or misdemeanor. 

“Wobblette” Offenses 

Alternatively, cases can “wobble” between misdemeanors and infractions. These offenses are called “wobblette” offenses. “Wobblette” offenses can include California Vehicle Code violations, such as driving without a license, driving with a suspended or revoked license, exhibition of speed, and failure to appear for a traffic violation. Other “wobblettes” include disturbing the peace and trespassing violations.

Felony Wobblers Can Be Reduced to Misdemeanors 

Even after the prosecution charges the offense as a felony, a judge can reduce a felony wobbler to a misdemeanor. This process can happen after the felony preliminary hearing when the defendant is held to answer, during sentencing, or when the defendant files to reduce the charge after felony probation is complete and the defendant was not sentenced to prison. 

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