Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction 

In the criminal justice context, an infraction is a minor offense or violation of the law that is not considered a crime but is punishable by a fine or penalty. 

Infractions are typically non-criminal offenses, such as traffic violations, littering, or jaywalking, and are not punishable by imprisonment.

Unlike misdemeanors or felonies, infractions usually do not require a court appearance, and the offender may simply pay a fine or admit guilt by mail. However, if the offender wishes to contest the charge, they may request a hearing before a judge. The penalties for infractions can vary depending on the severity of the offense and the jurisdiction, but they typically involve a fine, community service, or both.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2023


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