Infractions are less than a misdemeanor. In addition, infractions don't require jail time whereas misdemeanors may carry up to one year in jail.
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Infraction are below misdemeanors in severity. Usually they are for minor traffic violations etc. Generally speaking there are no jury trials allowed for infractions, only court trials - and to jail time, only fines. Consult with a local criminal attorney if you are concerned - many offer free consultations. Be aware that as traffic offenses the results can appear on your DMV record point count - affect your insurance rates etc.
This is not intended to be legal advise or as legal representation. I am a California personal injury attorney . Be aware that every state has its own statute of limitations; and statutes & case laws that govern the handling of these matters.
I agree with my colleagues regarding an infraction carrying no jail time or probation. But if you fail to appear in court on an infraction then it could result in a bench warrant and even suspension of your driver's license. Good luck.
Infractions are small stuff, tickets. Misdemeanors are more serious charges like DUI, domestic violence, battery, assault, prostitution, etc
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