Misdemeanors and Felonies

A former prosecutor who knows what to expect

A criminal charge of any kind demands a fight to protect your life and freedom. K.J. Petsas has been helping clients defend against criminal charges for 30 years, aided in great part by his previous experience as a former prosecutor. He is able to provide you with a unique perspective before ever facing the opposition in plea bargaining or the courtroom.

Whether facing a misdemeanor or felony charge, the Law Office of K.J. Petsas, PC, serving San Mateo and the San Francisco Bay area, helps you understand your rights, your next steps and potential outcomes. When you're fully informed, you can make the best decisions for your short- and long-term future.


A misdemeanor is typically a minor or nonviolent crime punishable by probation, jail time of less than one year, community service, counseling, restitution and monetary fines.

Misdemeanors include:

Crimes against persons

Crimes against property

  • Theft
  • Trespass
  • Vandalism


A felony is a serious criminal offenses including bodily harm to another person or large sums of money. A felony conviction can result in a prison term of more than a year, lengthy probation, immense fines or even the death penalty.

Felonies include:

Crimes against persons

Crimes against property

  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Credit card fraud
  • Theft

Know your rights

Serving clients in the San Francisco Bay area, the San Mateo criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of K.J. Petsas, PC offer the experience and attentive counsel you need to tackle defense of your criminal charges. We are conveniently located in South San Francisco and encourage you to give us a call at 650.624.8155 or contact us online to take advantage of our free initial consultation. We return all calls within 12 hours.

Petsas & Stephens is located in South San Francisco, CA and serves clients in and around South San Francisco, Daly City, Brisbane, San Bruno, Pacifica, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo, Montara, Moss Beach, El Granada, Alameda, Belmont, San Carlos, Emeryville, Oakland, Sausalito, San Leandro, Berkeley, San Lorenzo, Albany, Alameda County, Marin County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County.

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