- If you are a professional – like a doctor, lawyer, nurse, paramedic, stock broker, contractor or real estate agent – licensed by a state or federal agency, a misdemeanor or an infraction can have dire consequences on your license. You need to consult an attorney immediately.
- What is an Infraction? An infraction is not punishable by imprisonment. A person charged with an infraction shall not be entitled to a trial by jury or not entitled to be represented by a public defender or appointed counsel at public expense unless arrested and not released. is a crime punishable by one year or more in State Prison.
- What is a Misdemeanor? Except in cases where a different punishment is prescribed by any law of this state, every offense declared to be a misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six months, or by fine not exceeding $1,000, or both. Some statutes specifically provide for punishment by up to one year in county jail. California no longer has Municipal Court and misdemeanors are now dealt with in Superior Court.