Classifications of Crimes
Crimes receive different classifications according to their severity. The mildest crimes are known as infractions; more serious crimes are known as misdemeanors; and the most serious crimes are known as felonies. The classification of a crime influences both the substance and procedure of a criminal charge, so it's important to understand the differences between the classifications. This section describes each classification and examines how they differ from one another.
Explanation of the term "infraction" and how they are treated by thecourts.
How a court defines "misdemeanor" and its various implications in criminal cases.