California Misdemeanors – Frequently Asked Questions

What is a misdemeanor?

In California, a misdemeanor is a non-indictable criminal offense, where the maximum sentence is no more than one year in jail. Misdemeanors in the US are as less serious than a felony, but more serious than an infraction.

What is my penalty?

Every case is different, however most cases can result in a fine between $900-$3,000 and run the risk of 6 months jail time, paired with up to 3 years of probation.

Why do I need an attorney to handle my Misdemeanor?

Misdemeanor cases are vastly different as there is a long list of crimes that are classed as misdemeanors. This means that every case is unique and will require an attorney to have the knowledge of what to do in your specific circumstances. Having an attorney can help with the various court proceedings that will follow being charged with a misdemeanor. An attorney can do things such as recall a warrant or represent you in court to negotiate with the prosecution to find the best resolution for you.