What Is the Difference Between an Infraction and a Misdemeanor?
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|Jun 5th, 2012, 06:23 AM||#2|
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Re: What Is the Difference Between an Infraction and a Misdemeanor?
Infractions are minor offenses that usually involve the violation of a municipal code, a state or local traffic rule, an ordinance or an administrative regulation. Infractions are civil, rather than criminal offenses, and do not carry any jail time or probation. The typical punishment for infractions is the payment of fines as determined by the jurisdiction where the infraction occurred.
Misdemeanors are criminal offenses that carry a sentence that does not exceed one year. Misdemeanors are more serious than infractions and may result in the imposition of heavy fines. Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor and sentenced to jail will serve the jail term in a county or local jail, rather than a state or federal prison.
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