26 Jan What is the difference between an infraction, a misdemeanor, and a felony?
The terms “infraction,” “misdemeanor,” and “felony” have probably flown across your ears every now and then – from video games to television to movies to the morning news. But do you understand the differences between the three? Some people may think they are simply synonyms for each other. But, they are not and it is important for all California residents to understand the differences to these charges:
- Juvenile hearings are heard by judges only, whereas an adult has a trial by a jury.
- Juveniles do not have the right to bail; they are released to the custody of their parents or legal guardians. Adults may be granted or denied bail.
- Juveniles do not have a public trial.
- On his or her 18th birthday, juvenile records are automatically sealed. So when they become an adult, their criminal record appears clean. However, the juvenile records still exist, but people who look into background history, like landlords and employers, cannot see these records.
Simply knowing these consequences should hopefully be enough to steer you away from potential trouble. But if you are ever in need of a bail bondsman in California, Fresno Bail Bond Store is ready to help. The company has offices all over the state and with over 30 years of experience in reuniting loved ones, they know they will be able to help you too. Give them a call at 559-264-0603.