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Misdemeanor crimes are often severe, and defendants should have representation in court. Misdemeanors carry punishments ranging from fines to serious jail time and can have adverse effects on your future employment, show up on a background check, limit opportunities for college and possibly your liberty. I have handled thousands of misdemeanors over the course of my career.

Examples of California Misdemeanors

1- DUI’s (first, second, or third offense with no injuries) VC 23152
2- Suspended Driver’s License VC 14601.1(a), VC 14601.2(a)
3- Unlicensed Driver VC 12500(a)
4- Trespass PC 602.5
5- Petty Theft / Shoplifting PC 484(a)
6- Disturbing the Peace PC 415
7- Lewd Conduct PC 647(a)
8- Probation Violations
9- Receipt of Stolen Property PC 496
10- Public Drunkenness PC 647(f)
11- Solicitation of Prostitution PC 647(b)
12- Violation of Restraining Orders PC 273.6
13- Reckless Driving / Exhibition of Speed VC 23103, VC 23109
14- Assault and Battery (with no minimum injury) PC 242
15- Domestic Violence PC 273.5, PC 243(e)(1)

Misdemeanor Punishments

A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by imprisonment in a county or city jail or detention facility not to exceed one year. Except where the law specifies a different punishment, a misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months and a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars. However, many misdemeanor offenses specifically list a punishment that exceeds the punishment listed in Penal Code section 19. For example, a misdemeanor violation of Battery on a Peace Officer is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year and a two thousand dollar fine.[10]

If granted probation, punishments can include:

1- Jail
2- Fines
3- Community Service
4- Community Labor (Cal Trans, Beach Clean-up)
5- Restitution
6- Counselling Programs (Alcohol, Anger Management, DV, Drug)
7- Stay Away Orders