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Sacramento Criminal Law

If you have committed a crime in Sacramento, are suspected of committing a crime in Sacramento or have been accused of committing a crime in Sacramento, the government may prosecute you. If found guilty, you could face punishment ranging from the relatively minor (a small fine, for example) to the very severe (such as prison time).

The California government, Sacramento city government, and other town and city governments are responsible for enforcing California criminal law. The federal government enforces federal criminal law.

Types of Crimes in Sacramento

Crimes are generally categorized as felonies or misdemeanors. A felony is a more serious crime that is punishable by more than one year in prison. A misdemeanor is punishable by one year or less in prison, or no prison time at all.

Certain crimes may be both felonies and misdemeanors depending on the severity of the crime and whether you have previously been found guilty of the same crime.

Examples of Sacramento felonies may include:

Examples of Sacramento misdemeanors may include:

If you have been charged with a crime in Sacramento, a local Sacramento criminal defense attorney can explain the potential consequences of the crime and help defend you in court.

If you are found guilty of a crime in Sacramento, the punishment may vary depending on the severity of the crime, your intentions when you committed the crime and your past criminal record. A Sacramento criminal defense lawyer can explain the consequences to you in more detail.

Additional Sacramento Criminal Law Resources

Sacramento Police Department

Sacramento County District Attorney's Office

The U.S. Department of Justice's information on federal criminal law

California Courts criminal law information

Information about California Courts

California Penal Code