Crimes, Defined

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The criminal justice system categorizes crimes into one of three groups: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Each category involves a different set of justice system procedures and possible consequences for the accused. If you are worried that the law might eventually catch up to you or a loved one, you can prepare yourself by learning the different categories of crimes.

Infractions – The least serious crimes.

  • No jail time as a consequence, only fines and/ or community service.
  • Not considered a “criminal” charge and will not appear on criminal record. However, they do appear on driving and court records.
  • Crimes are non-serious, such as speeding tickets, running a red light, and trespassing.
  • The accused does not have the right to a trial by jury; a judge alone will determine the outcome.

Misdemeanors – Semi-serious crimes.

  • Consequences include one year in jail and fines.
  • The accused has the right to a trial by jury and the right to a lawyer.
  • Trial length is based on complexity of case and can be months long.
  • Charge does appear on criminal record.
  • Crimes include petty theft and being publicly intoxicated.

Felonies – Serious crimes.

  • Consequences include a minimum of one year in jail, fines, and/ or probation.
  • The accused has the right to a trial by jury and the right to a lawyer.
  • Trial length is based on complexity of case and can be months, even years long.
  • Charge does appear on criminal record.
  • Crimes include kidnapping and other serious crimes where threat is involved.

The thought of getting arrested should convince you to adjust any bad habits you might have and to not risk your life.

We hope you never need our bail services but if you do, Compton Bail Bond Store can be reached 24/7, online and at 877-793-2245.

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Bail Prices Range For Infractions, Misdemeanors, and Felonies


As you know, bail prices will be based on the crime that took place. Crimes are categorized into three different types: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies (felonies being the most serious crimes). Fines and bail for infractions and misdemeanors will generally be less than that of felonies; here are some relatively common bail prices for some crimes that fall into these three categories:

  1. Misuse of 9-1-1 dialing: $50, increasing with each offense.
  2. Carrying a loaded firearm in public: $10,000.
  3. Selling or using a device that obscures visibility of a license plate: $250.
  4. Driving with a suspended or revoked license: $1,000.
  5. Reckless driving: $5,000.
  6. Hunting during unlawful hunting hours: $200.
  7. Take or possess fully protected mammals: $5,000.

There are all kinds of rules and regulations and laws that can be broken, and rest assured, there will be consequences! There will be financial consequences and even possibly a jail sentence. If you’re in need of a bail bond to help cut the costs so you don’t have to pay the full bail price, get in touch with Murrieta Bail Bond Store right now!

Call us at 800-793-2245 or chat with a bail representative online for immediate assistance.

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Understanding Infractions, Misdemeanors, And Felonies


There are three classifications of crimes as defined by the justice system. How a crime is classified will depend primarily on what exactly the crime was, how dangerous and harmful it was, and how expensive it was. Other considerations will include if the offender has a criminal history and even where or when the crime occurred. Consequences for the crime will also vary for each classification of crime.

    Let’s lay it out simply:

  • Infraction
  • An infraction is punishable by fines only. There is no probation or jail time. Infractions are not considered “criminal” charges and do not appear on criminal records with the Department of Justice. They will though, appear on driving, court, and local police agency records. Common infractions include most traffic violations like speeding or running a stop sign. Trespassing may also be charged as an infraction. Offenders will not have to stand trial by their peers.

  • Misdemeanor
  • Misdemeanors are punishable by fines, probation, and up to 1 year in jail. Offenders have the right to an attorney and a trial by their peers, but often the matter can be resolved with a plea bargain. Crimes include shoplifting, trespassing, and vandalism – all where the damages amount to a certain amount and not over it (if the sum goes over the limit it could be a felony).

  • Felony
  • Felonies are the most serious crimes that are punishable by fines, probation, and/ or a year or more in prison. Likewise with misdemeanor charges, offenders have the right to an attorney and a trial. Felony crimes include grand theft, murder, and kidnapping.

For misdemeanor and felony charges, trials can go on for months or more than a year due to the complexity of the case. This is not the fairest to the offenders if they would have to spend this entire time in court, in jail, or in transportation between the two. This is why most offenders would be allowed to bail out. This way they can live at home and go to work (but also going to all court dates).

Bail bonds are the easiest and most convenient way to bail out of jail and Riverside County Bail Bond Store has the most affordable bail bonds in California. For a free consultation, please contact Riverside County Bail Bond Store today!

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