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In California, the general rule is that the person is presumed to know the law. So it is generally no defense that someone did not know about the law or that it did not apply to them. That is why it is important to know the law. You can either go to Law School and learn the law or contact a licensed attorney in California to find out what the law is and how it might apply to you.
is a Crime?
Most of the criminal laws of California are set forth in the Penal Code. It covers most of the crimes, from infractions to misdemeanors to felonies.
are Felony Crimes?
What are Misdemeanor Crimes?
Every other crime is a misdemeanor
except for those offenses that are classified as infractions. Unless
a different punishment is prescribed by law, every misdemeanor is punishable
by imprisonment in the county jail for a period not exceeding six months,
or by fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, or by both. When a crime
is punishable, in the discretion of the court, by imprisonment in the
state prison or by fine or imprisonment in the county jail, it is a
misdemeanor for all purposes after a judgment imposing a punishment
other than state prison. Penal Code §17.
What are Infractions?
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including the terms felonies, misdemeanors and infractions, please visit
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Written by Patrick
H. Kelly, Attorney at Law
- Written by Patrick H. Kelly, Attorney at Law
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