Brian Warner, better known as the rocker Marilyn Manson turned himself into the Los Angeles police for actions he took at a New Hampshire concert. As a result, he spent time behind bars before he was released on personal recognizance bail. A camerawoman alleged that Manson spit on her during the event. Manson is facing a class A misdemeanor assault charge as a result of the incident. There were three eye-witnesses that corroborated the allegations.
Manson will have to travel to New Hampshire for his arraignment, but the date of the court hearing has not been released. Not only is Marilyn Manson dealing with the assault charges from a previous concert, but he is also being sued by many women who are claiming that he sexually assaulted them. Manson denies that he engaged in any misconduct or unwanted advances with the women. An investigation into the assault claims was announced in February, but no charges have been filed.
What Happens after a Class A Misdemeanor Charge in California?
If you are arrested and charged with a misdemeanor crime in California, then you will be punished more harshly than if you were charged with an infraction. Infractions in California happen when a person disobeys the law, but the violations are not deemed to be crimes. Infractions also will not come with any jail time and fines are capped at $250. However, misdemeanor offenses are not punished as severely as felonies are.
A misdemeanor crime can be punishable by up to a year in county jail and come with more than $1,000 in fines depending on if the action taken is considered aggravated. Some crimes are charged at the prosecutor’s discretion meaning, they can be a misdemeanor or a felony. When a crime can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, it is considered a wobbler crime in California.
For his part, if convicted of the assault charges, Manson will be subject to a $2,000 fine. Potentially, he could also spend as long as a year in jail.
If a person does not have a criminal record prior to their misdemeanor charge, they will have one if any of the following happen:
- A defendant accepts the charges and pleads guilty to them.
- A defendant will not admit guilt and pleads no contest.
- A defendant is convicted of the alleged crimes.
Speak to a Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney
Whether you were arrested for a crime in the greater Los Angeles area and charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, only the highest quality and most experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney will do. To best position yourself for the most favorable outcome, you need knowledgeable and aggressive California criminal defense attorneys that understand the system and have strong relationships with prosecutors, judges, and other expert professionals. The legal team at the Manshoory Law Group has the background and resources to help you fight your charges effectively.