Receiving an Infraction Following a Crime
The articles we include on criminal law topics usually end with punishments like misdemeanor or felony convictions. Fines can be paid, and some can be forced to attend programs or have their name as part of a registry. However, there are certain crimes that do not require jail time and are not considered felonies or misdemeanors. In California, these convictions are called infractions. Continue reading below to find out more on the basics of an infraction.
Who Gets an Infraction?
Obviously, not every single crime can have an infraction as the punishment. An infraction only results in having to pay a fine. Therefore, an adult found guilty of a crime like premeditated murder would not have the option of an infraction. In the state, infractions are commonly associated with crimes like traffic violations. For example, committing a traffic violation by making an incorrect driving turn can result in receiving an infraction, which can carry a $250 fine.
How an Infraction Works
It’s important to note that for some violations or crimes, other penalties can be applied on top of an infraction. Furthermore, based on the decision of the prosecutor, some misdemeanors can be plead down to infractions. The individual will receive a citation to appear in court, but the person can either pay the associated fine or have a trial. Some decisions regarding the citation can result in additional fines if the defendant loses the case. Therefore, if a person who has received an infraction has any questions, they should immediately speak with an experienced attorney.