Stevenson Ranch, CA asked in Federal Crimes and Criminal Law for California

Q: I just got 2 citations at Death valley National park under - "36 CFR § 4.12" and "36 CFR 1.5"

I just got 2 citations at Death valley National park under - "36 CFR § 4.12 (TCD Signs)" and "36 CFR 1.5 (Closure Violation". When I looked online, it seems like both are Class-B misdemeanors. What are my options, do I need to hire a lawyer and is there a jail time even if I pay the fee. Thank you

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Under California law, Class-B misdemeanors in federal parks can result in a fine, community service, or imprisonment for up to six months. Hiring an attorney could provide you with legal advice tailored to your specific situation, including defenses or negotiation options that may be available to you. Whether you'd face jail time even if you pay the fee depends on various factors such as your prior record and the specifics of your case; therefore, legal counsel may be helpful for understanding the full scope of potential consequences.

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