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A peace officer has statutory authorization to arrest for misdemeanors which did not occur in the officer's presence under limited circumstances

What's The Difference Between Felony And Misdemeanor?

Misdemeanors and Felonies are the 2 major groups crimes are broken into in most states; If the potential punishment provided by law is less than a year of imprisonment than it is with Felony. If the potential punishment provided by law is over a year of imprisonment then it is Felony.

If you have a medical license or teaching license and you have been arrested or accused of a crime whether it be misdemeanor or Felony, and not enough evidence has been found to continue with the case in court, you may still be facing an administrative hearing with the licensing board. You will need an experienced attorney to properly represent you to have your license reinstated. I will be able to help you.

Certain crimes when the prosecutor changes it either as felony or misdemeanor then it's called WOBBLERS.

Some Felonies, depending on the circumstances of your case, and if they meet the requirements may be reduced to a Misdemeanor.

What Can Be Files As Misdemeanor?

Assault and Battery

Contempt of Court

Disorderly Conduct

Domestic Violence/Domestic Battery

Drug Possession

Drunk in Public


Indecent Exposure

Petty Theft (PC 484 & 488)

Probation Violations

Public Intoxication

Receiving Stolen Property (PC 496)

Reckless Driving


Solicitation of Prostitution


Violation of a Protection Order


Contempt of Court Criminal Allegation. Often in a Divorce case when there when there is an issue about spousal and child support payments, the ex-spouse uses the Contempt of Court allegation for harassment. My client was making the support payments through the County Department of Child Support Services. I asked the judge to dismiss these bogus allegations, she did.


Infractions are behaviors punished by fine are usually not considered crimes such as traffic tickets. But some behaviors can be labeled as misdemeanor even if the punishment is only by fine such as possession of less than an ounce of marijuana for personal use.

Marihuana possession laws-

Business or Individual:

Marijuana or cannabis business operations and owners should acquire licenses, in Pasadena there was such a business operated for years without license, the city had the location searched, closed and the owners/operators have been facing criminal charges.

Marihuana Laws are in constant change these few years, always check the new drug possession laws through your lawyer.

A misdemeanor conviction can result in up to one year in jail, fines, and community service. They are less serious offenses than felonies.

Even misdemeanors end in jury trial, even jail, the attorney with years of litigation and trial experience can and will prevent this .

A misdemeanor conviction can be amended to felonies, or the charges can be reduced or dropped.

If the potential punishment provided by law is less a year of imprisonment then it's Misdemeanor.

If the potential punishment provided by law is over a year of imprisonment then it's Felony.


With the Law Office of William M. Paparian, you get Bill Paparian as your lawyer. You won't be assigned to an inexperienced lawyer or get lost inside a large, impersonal law firm. Instead, your case will be handled by him, have his personal attention, and the benefit of his experience and expertise.

Misdemeanors and Infractions-

In the Presence Requirement: Misdemeanors and infractions must have occurred in the officer's or private person's, (in the case of a private person's arrest) presence.

New Law “Karen” Misdemeanor: [AB 1775]

To prevent individuals from using the law enforcement and 911 emergency service to harass others, the Penal Code 653y became the new law.

Violation of the Penal code 653y can be a Wobbler (Misdemeanor or Infraction).

  • 1st violation, a written warning.

  • 2nd or subsequent violation, a citation may be issued and a fine of ($50.00).

  • 3rd violation, a fine of one hundred dollars ($100).

  • 4th or subsequent violation and a fin of ($250).

The parent or legal guardian having custody and control of an unemancipated minor who violates this section shall be jointly and severally liable with the minor for the fine imposed pursuant to this section.


A peace officer has statutory authorization to arrest for misdemeanors which did not occur in the officer's presence under limited circumstances.

Juvenile Arrests-some may be filed as Misdemeanor others as Felony depending on the circumstances and the arresting officer and presence of witnesses.