In California, crimes are categorized by how serious they are. Infractions are the least serious type of crime and include things like traffic tickets, jaywalking, and minor drug possession charges, which are punishable by fines. A misdemeanor is a step up from an infraction and is punishable by up to a year in jail. Examples of misdemeanors include petty theft, public intoxication, and reckless driving. A felony is the most serious type of crime and is punishable by more than a year in prison. Crimes such as murder, rape, armed robbery, and arson are classified as felonies.