Infraction vs. Misdemeanor
what is the diference between Infractions vs. Misdemeanors?
An infraction is the breaking of a law. If an officer witnesses you fail to stop at a stop sign, drive above the speed limit, or make an illegal U-turn, for example, you will be given a ticket with a notice to appear in court or pay a fine.
Misdemeanors are more serious crimes such as driving without a license, drag racing, DUI, and reckless driving. If you are ticketed for a misdemeanor, you are required to appear in court. You could get jail time so you might want to hire an attorney to assist you with your case.
basically, if you got an infraction. is better than a Misdemeanor
is many states, fractions don't go on your record
also, when you apply for a job, in the application form, you will be asked if you have any Misdemeanors, if you got an infraction, then you would answer no
if you got a ticket and it says Misdemeanor, but when you went to court and the judge or district attorney worked out a plea with you for a lesser outcome as an infraction, then you did not get a Misdemeanor
if you are going to court for a Misdemeanor and you are offered an infraction instead. TAKE IT!! (unless you want to go to court of course) because if you accept the plea as an infraction, you will only pay a fine. but if you decide to go to court because you want to (ie you feel you are innocent) then you will have to convince the judge you are not guilty, but if you are not found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, you will be sentenced to a Misdemeanor and that would not be good because an infraction is a less than a Misdemeanor.