California Criminal Laws
There are two types of crimes in California: misdemeanors and felonies. However, there is a special type of crime known as a “wobbler,” which may be either a misdemeanor or a felony.
While misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, a conviction of a misdemeanor can still lead to severe consequences. A misdemeanor conviction in California is punishable by a maximum jail term of 364 days.
On the other hand, felonies carry imprisonment in a state penitentiary, including life imprisonment. In addition, lower-level felonies are punishable by incarceration in county jail for more than one year.
Not only does a conviction lead to incarceration, fines, and other serious penalties, but it can also result in a permanent criminal record. As we mentioned before, a criminal record can lead to difficulties obtaining employment or a professional license, finding a place to live, and living a normal life.
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