California infractions are punishable only by a fine (no jail time). Common infractions are petty theft, traffic tickets, and simple possession of less than one ounce of Marijuana. You do not have a right to appointed counsel on an infraction, so you must hire Counsel of your choice. While without many of the most serious consequences of misdemeanors and felonies, infractions can pose significant issues concerning your ability to drive a motor vehicle. Violation points on your license can result in a suspended license and higher insurance premiums. If you are under 21 years old, some infractions trigger DMV license suspensions. Do not represent yourself; you need a knowledgeable, experienced, and aggressive criminal defense attorney to fight your case.