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San Diego Criminal Law

If you have committed a crime in San Diego, are suspected of committing a crime in San Diego or have been accused of committing a crime in San Diego, 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, San Diego city government and other city governments are responsible for enforcing California criminal law. The federal government enforces federal criminal law.

Types of Crimes in San Diego

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 San Diego felonies may include:

Examples of San Diego misdemeanors may include:

If you have been charged with a crime in San Diego, a local San Diego 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 San Diego, the punishment may vary depending on the severity of the crime, your intentions when you committed the crime, and your past criminal record. A San Diego criminal defense lawyer can explain the consequences to you in more detail.

Additional San Diego Criminal Law Resources

San Diego Police Department

San Diego County District Attorney's Office

Information about the San Diego County criminal justice system

How to hire a California criminal defense lawyer

Information about California Courts

California Courts criminal law information

California Penal Code