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California Penalties: Infractions, Misdemeanors, Felonies, & Wobblers

Infractions, misdemeanors, felonies, and wobblers--these terms can be confusing for people who don’t have an in-depth level of knowledge of the legal realm. This is why our Dublin criminal defense attorney will ensure you, your rights, and your future are protected, regardless of your charge.

If you receive a citation for running a red light, it is normally an infraction. In this case, you are stopped and asked to sign a citation, which is a promise to appear in court or mail in a fine, or go to traffic school. Most do not understand this citation is treated, informally, as an arrest. If you do not appear as promised, a bench warrant will normally issue for a Failure to Appear, which is a misdemeanor.

Infractions are punished by a fine, plus a penalty assessment. Misdemeanors are punished by incarceration for up to 1 year in county jail, and they also include restitution, a fine, and a penalty assessment. The offender will normally be booked, requiring fingerprints and a photo.

Felonies are punishment by incarceration for 2 or more years in the state penitentiary, in addition to a fine, restitution, and a penalty assessment. Offenders will be required to supply fingerprints, a photo, and a DNA sample. Wobblers can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the specifics of your particular situation.

Contact Our Informed & Skilled Dublin Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

If you have been charged with a crime, it is essential for you to consult with a Dublin criminal defense attorney you can trust. Our legal team at the Law Office of Ivan O.B. Morse is dedicated to advocating on your behalf. We will work tirelessly to find your maximum exposure for an offense with which you are charged. As each and every case is different, it is vital you don’t move forward without the proper legal counsel, care, and representation.

To schedule an initial consultation with a member of our firm, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (925) 452-4065.