Under California law, there are three separate types of crimes: felonies, misdemeanors and infractions. This video concentrates on felonies.
What is a felony?
In the state of California, a felony crime is one that carries a maximum sentence of more than one year, whether in a California state prison or county jail (ever since a AB109 realignment). In certain cases, a felony is a capital crime punishable by death but, more frequently, life in prison.
Crimes which are always felonies, that is, not "wobblers" which can also be filed as misdemeanor charges, include murder, a violation of California Penal Code 187a PC, rape, a violation of California Penal Code section 261 PC and sale of a controlled substance, a violation of California Health and safety code section 11352 HS. However, there are many other crimes that are straight felonies not herein listed.
Crimes which can be but are not always charge this Felonise include forgery, violation of California Penal Code section 470 PC, simple possession of hashish or concentrated cannabis, and domestic violence, violation of California Penal Code section 273.5 PC.
generally speaking, a California felony is punishable by imprisonment for one of the following "terms", i.e., low term, mid-term and high term.
Generally speaking, if you're convicted of a California felony, you will be given the midterm unless there are factors which could justify a low term, i.e., mitigating facts, or hi term, i.e., aggravating factors. for exampl