The terms “infraction,” “misdemeanor,” and “felony” have probably flown across your ears every now and then – from video games to television to movies to the morning news. But do you understand the differences between the three? Some people may think they are simply synonyms for each other. But, they are not and it is important for all California residents to understand the differences to these charges:
- INFRACTION – fines must be paid but the defendant will not be put on probation and they will not face jail time. Infractions do not appear on criminal records.
- MISDEMEANOR – fines must be paid and the defendant is subject to probation and up to 1 year in county jail.
- FELONY – fines must be paid and the defendant is subject to probation, up to 1 year in county jail, and 1 year or more in state prison.
Simply knowing these consequences should hopefully be enough to steer you away from potential trouble. But if you are ever in need of a bail bondsman in California, SmartBail Bail Bonds is ready to help. The company has offices all over the state and with over 30 years of experience in reuniting loved ones, they can help you too!