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Superior Court of California - County of San Diego: Criminal: Criminal Case Types

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Misdemeanors are generally punishable by a fine and/or a county jail term of one year or less. Examples include petty theft, prostitution, vandalism, and drunk driving.


Felonies are generally punishable by a sentence to state prison or local prison for at least one year, or death. Some examples of felonies include murder, robbery, and rape.

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