Public offenses are divided into three major categories, depending on their severity:
An infraction is the least severe public offense with which a person can be charged. An infraction is not punishible by imprisonment, and a person charged with an infraction is not entitled to a trial by jury. A person charged with an infraction is generally not entitled to have the public defender or other counsel appointed at public expense to represent him or her. In most cases, the defendant is simply cited and released on his or her own promise to appear in court at the appointed time. Examples of common infractions are traffic code violations and building code violations. They are not normally considered criminal offenses.
A person may be charged with violation of multiple infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies in a single case.
THE LAW OFFICE OF STEVE ODOM
For over twenty years the Law Office of Steve Odom has represented clients charged with infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies, before the courts of western Riverside County. Whether at the Hall of Justice in downtown Riverside, the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, or the courts in Hemet, Temecula, and Corona, Steve Odom is proud to stand between his clients and the unjust demands of overzealous prosecutors. Call the Law Office of Steve Odom today to discuss your legal problem.