Misdemeanor crimes are serious and defendants should be represented 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 literally thousands of misdemeanors over the course of my career.
Examples of California Misdemeanors
DUI’s (first, second, or third offense with no injuries) VC 23152
Reckless Driving / Exhibition of Speed VC 23103, VC 23109
Assault and Battery (with no minimum injury) PC 242
Domestic Violence PC 273.5, PC 243(e)(1)
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/or 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/or a two thousand dollar fine.