If the State thinks you have committed a crime, the District Attorney’s Office, representing the State, may bring criminal charges against you. Only the State – not another person or agency – can charge you with a criminal violation.
There are 3 different kinds of criminal cases: infraction, misdemeanors, and felonies.
- An infraction is a minor violation. Some traffic violations are infractions.
- A misdemeanor is a more serious crime that can be punished by up to 1 year in jail.
- A felony is the most serious kind of crime. If you are found guilty, you can be sent to state prison or receive the death penalty.