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How are criminal offenses classified under California law?

Crimes in California are categorized as petty offenses, misdemeanors and felonies according to the severity of punishment associated with the particular crime. Petty offenses include traffic violations and infractions of minor ordinances. Misdemeanors are generally crimes involving punishment greater than that for petty offenses, but less than one year in jail. Felonies are normally crimes involving punishment of more than one year in jail.

California Law

Amendment of the Three Strikes Sentencing Law

California Penal Code: 

Understanding what you are being charged with, and what you may be facing is critical.

Deferred Entry of Judgment:

California Entrapment Laws Penal Code 1203.4

California Penal Code 1000:

California Penal Code 1192.7:  Serious & Violent- Definition of Serious Felony Offenses As specified in Penal Code (PC) Section 1192.7(c) and PC Section 1192.8

California Penal Code 240-245

California Penal Code 243

California Penal Code 311

California Penal Code 647 (a)

California Penal Code 647 (b)

California Penal Code 647(f), California’s drunk in public law;

California Penal Code 653f(d), California’s law against soliciting drug sales or transportation drugs;

California Penal Code Section 12022.7: Any person who personally inflicts great bodily injury on any person other than an accomplice in the commission of a felony or attempted felony shall be punished by an additional and consecutive term of imprisonment in the state prison for three years.


California’s Health & Safety Code

Health and Safety Code 11357, which is California’s law against possession of less than one ounce of marijuana;

Health and Safety Code 11358, California’s law against cultivating marijuana;

Health and Safety Code 11364, California’s law against possessing drug paraphernalia;

Health and Safety Code 11365, California’s law against knowingly being in a place where drugs are being used;

Health and Safety Code 11368, California’s law against forging or presenting a forged prescription to obtain drugs;

Health and Safety Code 11377  and Health and Safety Code 11350, which are California’s laws against personal possession of a controlled substance.

Health and Safety Code 11350, California’s law against being under the influence of a controlled substance;


California’s Vehicle Code

Vehicle Code 23222(b), California’s law against driving while in possession of marijuana;

Vehicle Code 2800.2