Types of Criminal Cases
What Kind of Crime I’ve Been Charged With?
Look at the formal charging document, called the “Complaint,” which will list out all of the crimes you are charged with. Each crime charged is a “Count” that is numbered starting with “1” and continuing on. The category of crime (felony/misdemeanor/infraction), and the level and type of crime, should be stated within each count.
You may not have a “Complaint” if you only have a traffic ticket. In this case, you likely have been charged with either an infraction or a misdemeanor.
Potential Criminal Case Outcomes
Kansas has 4 types of criminal cases:
Infractions, like speeding or not wearing your seatbelt, do not carry jail time, but they can carry serious fines as well as restrictions on your driver’s license. The more traffic infractions you have on your record, the more your penalties can increase.