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What is a misdemeanor ticket?

You can be given a misdemeanor ticket for more serious crimes. Misdemeanors are punishable by jail time of up to 1 year and/or a fine. Your base fine for a misdemeanor will be higher than an infraction fine. You may also have to pay restitution in addition to the fine. Some of the misdemeanor violations you can be cited for are:

  • Reckless driving
  • Driving without a license
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Vandalism


When you are stopped by a law enforcement agent and appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs you will be taken into Custody. Misdemeanors are handled by the Los Angeles Superior Court Criminal Division. For information about Misdemeanors, go to the Criminal section.

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