What is the difference between an infraction and misdemeanor? 12 Answers as of May 13, 2015

What is the difference between an infraction and misdemeanor? Which one is worse?

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Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
No difference.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 5/13/2015
The Rogers Law Firm
The Rogers Law Firm | Andrea Storey Rogers
A misdemeanor is much more serious than an infraction. You need to hire an attorney to try and get a misdemeanor charge reduced down to an infraction.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 5/13/2015
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
Misdemeanor is worse, because it will give you a criminal record.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/13/2015
Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
An infraction does not carry any jail time and the only punishment is usually a fine. Misdemeanors can carry a potential jail sentence of up to one year. Misdemeanors are worse.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/13/2015
Hammerschmidt Broughton Law
Hammerschmidt Broughton Law | Mark A. Broughton
An infraction is a minor offense for which one can only suffer a fine - like a traffic ticket. A misdemeanor is more serious and can result in a jail sentence and a fine. Most misdemeanors have a maximum of 1 year in jail in Calfornia.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/13/2015
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    An infraction has a penalty limited to a fine only. A misdemeanor is more serious. It carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $1,000.00 fine,, and other obligations as might be set by the court. A misdemeanor is more serious.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/12/2015
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