The following are some basic crime definitions:
Misdemeanor: A crime punishable by up to one year in County Jail. Misdemeanors are dealt with only in Municipal Court.
Felony: A crime which is punishable by one year or more in State Prison. All felonies begin in Municipal Court, where a preliminary hearing is held. Felonies then proceed into Superior Court.
Wobbler: Certain crimes can be charged as felonies or misdemeanors.
IMPORTANT: Even if a wobbler begins as a felony, it may be reduced to a misdemeanor at sentencing or at the completion of a successful probation.