Infraction

  1. What is an Infraction?
  2. What is the sentence / punishment for an Infraction?
  1. What is an Infraction?

    An Infraction is any crime that does not rise to the level of a felony or a misdemeanor. Cal. Pen. Code s. 17 (a) Opens in New Window. Certain Infactions are specifically enumerated in Cal. Pen. Code s. 19.8 Opens in New Window.

  2. What is the sentence / punishment for an Infraction?

    An Infraction is not punishable by jail time. Rather, Infractions carry a fine. As there is no jail time or loss of liberty associated with Infractions, defendants are not entitlted to the services of a court-appointed attorney. If the defendant chooses to hire an attorney, it will be out of his own pocket. Cal. Pen. Code s. 19.6 Opens in New Window.

See also, Felony, Misdemeanors, Wobbler.