In California a misdemeanor is defined as a crime where the maximum sentence is no more than one year in county jail. A misdemeanor is more serious than an infraction but less serious than a felony.
California misdemeanors fall into two general categories. Standard misdemeanors and “Gross” or “aggravated” misdemeanors.
Examples of misdemeanors include:
- DUI—VC 23152(a)
- Driving on a suspended license—VC 14601.1(a)
- Disorderly conduct—PC 647
- Domestic violence—PC 273.5
- Reckless driving California —VC 23103 b
- Public drunkenness—647(f) pc m
- Soliciting for an act of prostitution PC 647(b)
- Probation violations—PC code 1203
- Petty theft—PC 484/488
- Shoplifting—PC 490
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