Inland Empire Criminal Defense

The Criminal System

In California, crimes fall into three main categories: Infractions, Misdemeanors, and Felonies.

Infractions typically involve minor offenses like Municipal Code Violations, Curfew Violations, or Traffic Offenses. Notably, Infractions do not result in imprisonment and usually do not show up in background checks. Offenders often receive fines as penalties.  

Misdemeanors are more serious than infractions but less severe than felonies. They include crimes such as DUI, simple assault, or petty theft. Misdemeanor convictions can result in up to a year of jail time and may show up on background checks.

Felonies are the most serious category of crime and include offenses like murder, rape, and robbery. Convictions for felonies often lead to imprisonment for over a year and will appear on background checks indefinitely. In addition, felons may face additional consequences such as loss of voting rights or difficulty finding employment.

It is important to understand the different categories of crimes in California because they carry different penalties and long-term implications.  If you are facing charges for any type of crime, it is crucial to seek legal representation to ensure your rights are protected.

There are also different degrees of crimes within each category. For example, assault can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity and circumstances of the act. This is why it is important to have a knowledgeable attorney who can navigate the complex legal system and advocate for the best possible outcome in your case.

In addition to understanding the categories and degrees of crimes, it is also important to know that California has a “three strikes” law for repeat offenders. This means that individuals with two previous convictions for serious or violent felonies may face life imprisonment if convicted of a third felony offense.

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